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Stephen M. Maricich, PhD, MD

Stephen Maricich, MD, PhD
Job Title Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5520 Phone
412-692-6787 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

2000 MD, PhD, Medical Scientist Training Program, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio


2002 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio


2005 Child Neurology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex.


  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Neuroscience

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, special certification in Child Neurology


  • 2013 Richard King Mellon Foundation Scholar, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Child Neurology Society Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award
  • 2002 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Science Day Award
  • 2000 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • 2000 Harry Resnick Memorial Fund Award (By Virtue of Unusual Accomplishment)
  • 2000 Noether Memorial Fund Award for Excellence in Therapeutics
  • 1998 Dean’s First Prize, Irwin Lepow Student Research Day, CWRU
  • 1993 Student of the Year, Biology Department, SUNY Buffalo
  • 1992 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1992 UB Launch Leadership Honor Society
  • 1991 Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-medical Honor Society
  • 1991 Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • 1991 Golden Key Honor Society
  • 1991 Grace Capen Memorial Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo
  • 1991 Organic Chemistry Award, SUNY Buffalo
  • 1990 Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society
  • 1990 Freshman Chemistry Award, SUNY Buffalo
  • 1989-1993 Honors Scholar, SUNY Buffalo


  • SM Maricich, KM Cameron, EL Mathes and BM Brewer. (2012). Rodents rely upon Merkel cells for texture discrimination tasks. J Neurosci, 32(10): 3296-3300.
  • KM Morrison, GR Miesegaes, EA Lumpkin, SM Maricich. (2009). Mammalian Merkel cells are descended from the epidermal lineage. Dev Biol, 336(1): 76-83.
  • SM Maricich, A Xia, VY Wang, JS Oghalai, B Fritzsch & HY Zoghbi. (2009). Atoh1-lineal neurons in the cochlear nucleus are required for hearing and for the survival of brainstem accessory auditory and spiral ganglion neurons.   Neurosci, 29(36): 11123-11133.
  • SM Maricich, SA Wellnitz, AM Nelson, DR Lesniak, GJ Gerling, EA Lumpkin & HY Zoghbi. (2009). Merkel cells are essential for light touch responses. Science, 324: 1580-1582.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • The role of Atoh1 in the development and function of Merkel cells
  • Genetic factors/mechanisms that control SAI neuron development
  • Role of the inferior colliculus and superior olivary complex in the development and connectivity of the central auditory system
  • The role of Atoh1 in adult Merkel cells
Last Update
November 26, 2013
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Last Update
November 26, 2013