Vita received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1998. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin, where she studied Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs before going on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007. Vita trained as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia from 2007 to 2011, and began her Administrative career at Mason in 2011. Vita served as the Assistant Dean for the College of Science before assuming her current role as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Kerstin M. Janisch*, Vita M. Vock*, Michael Fleming, Ayushma Shrestha, Cynthia M. Grimsley-Myers, Bareza A. Rasoul, Sarah A. Neale, Timothy D. Cupp, Jason M. Kinchen, Karel F. Liem, Jr, and Noelle D. Dwyer (2013) The vertebrate-specific Kinesin-6, Kif20B, is required for normal cytokinesis of polarized cortical stem cells and cerebral cortex size. Development, 140(23):4672-82
Vita M. Vock, Olga N. Ponomareva, and Mendell Rimer (2008) Evidence for Muscle-Dependent Neuromuscular Synaptic Site Determination in Mammals. JNeurosci 28:3123-3130.
Noelle D Dwyer, Danielle K Manning, Jennifer L Moran, Raksha Mudbhary, Michael S Fleming, Carlita B Favero, Vita M Vock, Dennis DM O’Leary, Christopher A Walsh, David R Beier (2011) A forward genetic screen with a thalamocortical axon reporter mouse yields novel neurodevelopment mutants and a distinct emx2mutant phenotype. Neural Development 6:3.
Olga N. Ponomareva, Hualong Ma, Vita M. Vock, Elaine L. Ellerton, Susan E. Moody, Ramzi Dakour, Lewis A. Chodosh, and Mendell Rimer (2006) Defective neuromuscular synaptogenesis in mice expressing constituatively active ErbB2 in skeletal muscle fibers. Mol Cell Neurosci 31(2):334-45.
Rimer M, Barrett DW, Maldonado MA, Vock VM, Gonzalez-Lima F (2005) Neuregulin-1 immunoglobulin-like domain mutant mice: clozapine sensitivity and impaired latent inhibition. Neuroreport 16:271-275.
Wang J, Vock VM, Li S, Olivas OR, Wilkinson MF (2002) A quality control pathway that down-regulates aberrant T-cell receptor (TCR) transcripts by a mechanism requiring UPF2 and translation. J Biol Chem 277:18489-18493.
Ph.D., in Neuroscience, University of Texas, Austin, TX, December 2007
B.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, August 1998