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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Douglas H. Smith, MD

Douglas H. Smith, MD

The Robert A. Groff Endowed Professor and Vice Chairman for Research and Education in Neurosurgery
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Douglas H. Smith, MDis the Robert A. Groff Endowed Professor Neurosurgery and Director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, Prof. Smith is the Scientific Director of the Big 10/ Ivy league Colaboration on Concussion and he also serves as a member on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the US National Football League (NFL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-DoD consortium on concussion and the International Concussion Society.  In addition, the U.S. State Department asked him to lead an investigation into neurological deficits induced in members of the embassy in Cuba, which led to a newly discovered disorder, “Havana Syndrome.” Prof. Smith’s group has established that damage to brain networks and specifically, diffuse axonal injury (DAI), represents key pathological processes underlying concussion symptoms and that the extent of acute axonal pathology is predictive of cognitive outcome.  In addition, his group has discovered mechanisms of concussion and more severe TBI that lead to progressive neurodegeneration, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. These collective efforts are represented in over 250 published scientific reports earning an h-index of over 85. His awards include the Dorothy Russell medal, the highest honor conveyed by the British Neuropathological Society and the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania.

 


RESEARCHERS

Jean-Pierre Dollé, PhD

Jean-Pierre Dollé, PhD

Senior Research Investigator
 dollej@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Jean-Pierre received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, his MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University and his BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests involve investigating the increased risk of dementia following traumatic brain injury events. PubMed

Brian J. Kelley, MD

Brian J. Kelley, MD

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculty Instructor
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MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Residency, Neurological Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Fellowship, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Fellowship, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Research Interest: Changes in axon initial segment following experimental TBI PubMed

Hailong Song, PhD

Hailong Song, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 Hailong.Song@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BM, Capital Medical University, China

PhD, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri

Research Interest: Developmental axon degeneration and sodium changes following experimental TBI     PubMed

Gennadiy Fonar, PhD

Gennadiy Fonar, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 Gennadiy.Fonar@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BASc in Biology, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

M.A.Sc in Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

PhD in Pharmacology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Research Interest: Tau and amyloid interactions following TBI    PubMed

 

Md Ishak Khan, PhD

Md Ishak Khan, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 MdIshak.Khan@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Ishak received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His research interests consist of experimental and computational modeling of axonal cytoskeletal components and associated biomolecules in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Khan PubMed Link

Jingwen Tan, PhD

Jingwen Tan, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
 Jingwen.Tan@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Jingwen received her Master and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research background is biomaterial science and engineering.

Research interest: investigating changes in calcium synchronicity after traumatic axonal injury.

Hongmei Cui, MD

Hongmei Cui, MD

Research Specialist
 cuih@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Hongmei received her medical degree from Bethune Medical School in China.

Research Interest: Monitoring SNTF following TBI PubMed

Azikiwea Green

Azikiwea Green

Research Specialist
 Azikiwea.Green@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Research Interest: Network changes following in vitro axonal injury.

Yoonjung Kim

Yoonjung Kim

Research Specialist
 Yoonjung.Kim@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BA in Biology, Ursinus College

Research Interest: Determining injury thresholds following in vitro axonal injury

Alexandra Tomasevich

Alexandra Tomasevich

Research Specialist
 Alexandra.Tomasevich@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BA in Biology, Goucher College

Research Interest: Providing immunohistochemistry support for small and large animal tissue samples.

Jeremy Muhr

Jeremy Muhr

Research Specialist
 Jeremy.Muhr@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BS in Neuroscience, High Point University

BA in Philosophy, High Point University

Alex Palma

Alex Palma

University of Pennsylvania, C’22

Candidate for BA in Neuroscience

Minor Studies: Health Care Management, Chemistry, and Music

 


ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Robin Armstrong

Robin Armstrong

Lab Manager
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Amy S. Carthy

Amy S. Carthy

Administrative Assistant
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