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Angela N. Viaene, MD, PhD
Angela N. Viaene
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Viaene's research interests include thalamocortical projections, CNS tumors, neurogenetic disorders, and hypoxic/ischemic brain injury.



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Dr. Viaene is an assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is also the Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Endowed Chair in Neuropathology. She received both her PhD in Computational Neuroscience and MD from the University of Chicago. Following this, Dr. Viaene completed a combined anatomic pathology residency and neuropathology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2018. She is board-certified in both Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and is a practicing pediatric neuropathologist at CHOP.

Dr. Viaene's neuroscience research experience began over fifteen years ago as an undergraduate studying reaching movements following cerebrovascular insults in humans and non-human primates. Since then, she has investigated a wide range of topics from the synaptic properties and anatomical features of thalamocortical projections to a number of human neurologic diseases including CNS tumors, neurogenetic disorders and hypoxic/ischemic brain injury. Dr. Viaene is also involved in medical education and is the co-director of the Brain and Behavior unit in the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn.

Education and Training

BS, University of Iowa, 2006

PhD, University of Chicago (Computational Neuroscience), 2012

MD, University of Chicago, 2014

Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anatomic Pathology), 2016

Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Neuropathology), 2018

Titles and Academic Titles

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Endowed Chair in Neuropathology

Associate Director of Neuropathology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Professional Memberships

Society for Neuroscience, 2008-

American Physician Scientists Association, 2008-

College of American Pathologists, 2015-

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2016-2018

Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2017-

American Association of Neuropathologists, 2018-

Professional Awards

American Association of Neuropathologists Travel Award, 2018

Pathology Departmental Award for Outstanding Performance in Pathology, 2014

Naomi Ragins-Goldsmith Career Development Award, 2013

Best Dissertation Award in the Committee on Computational Neuroscience, 2012

University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division Travel Fund Award, 2011

The Brain Research Foundation's Neuroscience Day Poster Competition, 2010

Student Employee of the Year Award, University of Iowa, 2006

University of Iowa Scientific Poster Competition, 2005

U.S.-Brazil Bio Tech Training Consortium (USABRIO) Education Award, 2005

Publication Highlights

Active Grants/Contracts

Novel Ultrasound Indices of Intracranial Pressure and Brain Ischemia in Neonatal Hydrocephalus

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Award
  • 2020 - 2024
  • PI: Misun Hwang, MD

Pediatric Cell Atlas of Skeletal Muscle

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • 2021 - 2024
  • PI: Monkol Lek, PhD