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Abdellatif Benraiss
Research Interest: The use of gene therapeutic strategies to induce and regulate neurogenesis from endogenous neural stem cells in the adult mammalian brain, with a particular emphasis on developing this as a therapeutic strategy in Huntington's disease.

 

Devin Chandler-Militello
Research Interest: Differentiation of human glial progenitor cells from iPSCs for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to examine changes in gene expression. Working with Dr. Windrem to generate iPSC and hESC-derived glial progenitor cells for cell therapy.

 

Kathy Clark
Research Interest: Identifying the molecular pathways in glial cells that are dysregulated in patients with ALS/FTD resulting from a hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene. Utilization of chimeras to study the interaction of diseased human glial cells with healthy mice neurons.

 

Fengfei Ding
Research Interest: EEG recording and behavior tests

 

Ting Du
Research Interest: Pathophysiological mechanisms of brain edema

 

Ali Erturk
Ali Erturk, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Study of neurodegeneration and inflammation in acute brain injuries using tissue clearing technologies.

 

Steven Goldman
Research Interest: Identify the expression patterns of the major categories of stem and progenitor cells of the adult human brain and to use that information to define the signaling pathways that distinguish one progenitor from another, as well as those that distinguish brain tumor stem and progenitor cells from their normal counterparts.

 

Lauren Hablitz
Research Interest: Basic biological mechanisms of circadian synchrony and entrainment in health and disease. Understanding how circadian rhythms and sleep can enhance glymphatic, neuronal, and cerebrovascular function.

 

Rashad Hussain
Research Interest: Glymphatic system in health and disease; neuron-glia interactions and signaling mechanisms.

 

Gwen Huynh
Gwen Huynh, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Transcriptomic and epigenetic regulation of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Application of machine learning techniques to characterize and assess the quality of engineered glial cells.

 

Guojun Liu
Research Interest: The Glymphatic system in hydrocephalus; the mechanism of CSF secretion in neurological disease.

 

John Mariani
Research Interest: Multi-omic bulk and single cell sequencing analyses of human glial chimeric mice to unravel the transcriptional underpinnings of human glial dysfunction in disease.

 

Rupal Mehta
Research Interest: Small vessel disease and blood-brain barrier disruption in stroke

 

Maiken Nedergaard
Research Interest: The basic biology of glial cells in the CNS and the role of astrocytes in several neurological diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, and ALS. Research is aimed at defining new strategies for the treatment of neurological diseases that target astrocytic dysfunction.

 

Joana Osorio
Research Interest: Cell based therapies for treatment of congenital disorders of myelin, particularly Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease and Krabbe disease. Gene editing of human induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease for autologous cell transplantation. Differential characteristics of human and murine NG2+ oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in the grey and white matter. Migration and dispersal of human oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in the rat brain.

 

Weiguo Peng
Research Interest: Spinal cord and spinal nerve injury; more specifically the secondary injury after spinal cord trauma and how to improve the recovery of spinal cord injury.

 

Christina Trojel-Hansen
Research Interest: Focusing on preclinical and clinical translation of Glia Progenitor Cells

 

Jim Xu
Research Interest: Using in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological, multiphoton, oxygen sensor and potassium sensor methods to investigate the physiological functions of astrocytes in the central nervous system.