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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Maiken NedergaardMaiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
KMRB 1-9915B
Phone: (585) 273-2868

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.


Fengfei DingFengfei Ding, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

EEG recording and behavior tests

Ting DuTing Du, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Pathophysiological mechanisms of brain edema

Ali ErturkAli Erturk, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Study of neurodegeneration and inflammation in acute brain injuries using tissue clearing technologies.

Lauren HablitzLauren Hablitz, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

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 HussainRashad Hussain, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Glymphatic system in health and disease; neuron-glia interactions and signaling mechanisms.

Guojun LiuGuojun Liu, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

The Glymphatic system in hydrocephalus; the mechanism of CSF secretion in neurological disease.

Yuan LuYuan Lu, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Electrophysiological study of neuro-glia interaction in neurological diseases including Alzheimer's disease

Rupal MehtaRupal Mehta, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Small vessel disease and blood-brain barrier disruption in stroke

Weiguo PengWeiguo Peng, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

Jim XuJim Xu, Ph.D.

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.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Virginia 'Pla RequenaVirginia 'Pla Requena, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Sebastian HolstSebastian Holst, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Visiting Researcher

Sisi PengSisi Peng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Qian SunQian Sun, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Research Staff

Janna-Rayanne BenraissJanna-Rayanne Benraiss
Office Assistant
Phone: (585) 275-0550

Michael GannonMichael Gannon, Ph.D.
Staff Accountant
Phone: (585) 276-8359

Michael GiannettoMichael Giannetto
Technical Associate

Ning KangNing Kang
Laboratory Technician

Patrick KiernanPatrick Kiernan
Administrative Assistant

Christina PolitoChristina Polito
Center Administrator
Phone: (585) 276-4595

Tyler ReidTyler Reid, M.S.
IT Desktop Support/Programmer
KMRB 1-9649
Phone: (585) 273-5332

Wei SongWei Song
Technical Associate

Amanda SweeneyAmanda Sweeney
Technical Associate

Wei WangWei Wang
Technical Associate

Dan XueDan Xue
Graphic Designer

Graduate Students

Saiyue DengSaiyue Deng
Visiting Graduate Student

Antonio Ladron de Guevara RuizAntonio Ladron de Guevara Ruiz
BME Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program

Humberto MestreHumberto Mestre, M.S.
NSC Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia

Research Assistants

Arokoruba Cheetham-WestArokoruba Oboba Cheetham-West
Undergraduate Student

Shinya SakuraiShinya Sakurai
Undergraduate Student