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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.

Rashad HussainRashad Hussain, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

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

Nanhong LouNanhong Lou, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

The role of gliosis and glial cell signaling in stroke by using in vivo multiphoton imaging and electrophysiological methods.

Yuan LuYuan Lu, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

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

Iben LundgaardIben Lundgaard, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

The function of astrocyte-oligodendrocyte gap junctions.

Rupal MehtaRupal Mehta, M.D.
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.

Jiandi WanJiandi Wan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Red cell mechanosensing dynamics, tissue engineering and fluid dynamics.

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

Lauren HablitzLauren Hablitz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Sisi PengSisi Peng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Qian SunQian Sun, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Xiaowei WangXiaowei Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Research Staff

Allison Eberhardt Allison Eberhardt
Technical Associate

Michael GiannettoMichael Giannetto
Technical Associate

Ning KangNing Kang
Laboratory Technician

Hongyi KangHongyi Kang
Laboratory Technician

Sleep/Awake Study

Patrick KiernanPatrick Kiernan
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (585) 275-0550

Benjamin KressBenjamin Kress
Technical Associate

Glial-neuronal interactions underlying the development and maintenance of chronic pain.

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

Wei SongWei Song
Technical Associate

Amanda SweeneyAmanda Sweeney
Technical Associate

Hanna VinitskyHanna Vinitsky
Technical Associate

Wei WangWei Wang
Technical Associate

Christopher WuChristopher Wu, MBA
Senior Accountant
Phone: (585) 276-8359

Dan XueDan Xue
Graphic Designer

Graduate Students

Humberto MestreHumberto Mestre, M.S.
NSC Ph.D. Graduate Student

Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia

Research Assistants

Arokoruba Cheetham-WestArokoruba Oboba Cheetham-West
Undergraduate Student

Anne ChengAnne Xiaoan Cheng
Undergraduate Student

Jinwook JungJinwook (Alex) Jung
Undergraduate Student

Genaro OlvedaGenaro Olveda
Undergraduate Student

Sarah PurcellSarah Purcell
SMD Intern

Hetince ZhaoHetince Zhao
Undergraduate Student

Sitong ZhouSitong (Agnes) Zhou
SMD Intern