Dr. Jason Askvig

Associate Professor, Biology Biology, Neuroscience

Jason Askvig (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of North Dakota) joined the faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 2013.

Askvig teaches several biology classes and engages students in undergraduate research in inquiry- and discovery-based labs in an introductory Cell Biology course. He also supervises students in his laboratory on research projects that include the investigation of the role that cell-to-cell communication plays in promoting neuron survival following injury. Askvig has maintained an active collaboration with researchers at the University of North Dakota, which has proved fruitful for the undergraduate students working in Askvig’s lab. Read more on Askvig’s research.

Askvig is actively involved in issues promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM at Concordia. He attended the Broadening Participation Institute hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in January 2017; is a co-PI on an NSF-S-STEM awarded to Concordia to provide scholarships, guided career-driven mentoring, and research and internship opportunities for students in STEM; and is finishing his first term as a CUR councilor in the biology division, where he is currently the secretary for the biology division.


Whiteman ST, Askvig JM (2021). Astrocytic role of Thy-1 induced inhibition of axonal sprouting. Neural Regen Res 16(6):1192-1193.

Askvig JM, Dalzell TS, Toumeh N, Kuball PT, Whiteman ST, Bye EW, Andersen MJ, McCarthy MG, Irmen RE, Benolken MM, Maruska BL, Bexell SH, Nordmann SE. Increase in the protein levels of an anti-sprouting factor, Thy-1, with age in the supraoptic nucleus. Heliyon, 2020.

Askvig JM and Watt JA. Absence of axonal sprouting following unilateral lesion in 125-day-old rat supraoptic nucleus may be due to age-dependent decrease in protein levels of ciliary neurotrophic factor receptor alpha. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2019. 527: 2291-2301.

Askvig JM, Leiphon LJ, and Watt JA. The MAPK and PI3K Mediate CNTF-Induced Neuronal Survival and Process Outgrowth in Hypothalamic Organotypic Cultures. Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, 2015. 9: 217-231.

Askvig JM, Lo DY, Sudbeck AW, Behm KE, Leiphon LJ, and Watt JA. Inhibition of the Jak-STAT pathway prevents CNTF-mediated survival of axotomized oxytocinergic magnocellular neurons in organotypic cultures of the rat supraoptic nucleus. Experimental Neurology, 2013. 240: 75-87.


Dr. Jason Askvig

Associate Professor, Biology ISC – 215