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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Christoph PröschelChristoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
KMRB 2-9629
Phone: (585) 273-5368
chris_proschel@urmc.rochester.edu

Glial progenitor cells and role of astrocytes as critical modulators in CNS disease and repair

Research Staff

Jessica ArmandJessica Armand
Laboratory Technician
jessica_armand@urmc.rochester.edu

Jessica graduated in 2018 from Binghamton University with a degree in Biochemistry. She is interested in neuroimmunology. As a member of the spinal cord research team she has taken a particular interest in the role of microglia in spinal cord injury treatment. Jessica hopes to pursue a career in pharmaceutical industry.

Gina DominiceGina Dominice
Laboratory Technician
Gina_Dominice@URMC.Rochester.edu

Gina graduated in 2019 from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Biology. Gina is a member of the spinal cord injury research team, aiming to examine new pharmacological interventions for the acute treatment of spinal cord injury. She is interested in neuroimmunology and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the field.

Laura DoodyLaura Doody
Laboratory Technician
Laura_Doody@urmc.rochester.edu

Laura graduated from Union College with a degree in neuroscience. She is a member of the spinal cord injury research team. As part of this work she is investigating the microglial response to treatment. In addition, she is extending her interest in microglia to examine the behavior of isolated microglia derived from patient iPSCs. Adding to her former research background in Autism and Alzheimer's, Laura plans to use her research experience in preparation for a career in medicine.

Anissa ElahiAnissa Elahi
Laboratory Technician
anissa_elahi@urmc.rochester.edu

Anissa graduated in 2017 from the University of Rochester with a degree in Neuroscience. As a member of the spinal cord research team, Anissa currently studies novel pharmacological therapies for spinal cord injury. In addition, she has studied motordeficits in animal models of Parkinson’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Anissa’s hobbies include international cuisine and politics.

Michiko FeehanMichiko Feehan
Laboratory Technician
michiko_feehan@urmc.rochester.edu

Michiko graduated in 2018 from University of Rochester with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Michiko is a member of the spinal cord injury research team. She is interested in the development of regenerative medicine therapies, in particular the response of astrocytes to spinal cord injury.

Nicole FreitagNicole Freitag
Laboratory Technician
Nicole_Freitag@urmc.rochester.edu

Kourtney KorczakKourtney Korczak
Laboratory Technician
kourtney_korczak@urmc.rochester.edu

Kourtney graduated in 2017 from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in Biological Science. She is the head surgical specialist of our spinal cord research team, focusing on the thoracic contusion injury model. Kourtney is interested in testing novel therapeutics to treat spinal cord injury. She is also avid equestrian who loves the outdoors.

Kevin SpathKevin Spath
Laboratory Technician
Kevin_Spath@urmc.rochester.edu

Kevin graduated in 2017 from SUNY Oswego with a degree in Biology and a minor in Statistics and Chemistry. The most recent recruit to the spinal cord research team after working at iuvo Bioscience, Kevin is particularly interested in pharmacological therapies for spinal cord injury as he wants to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research. In his spare time he plays in a band and enjoys the outdoors.

Adam ViscaAdam Visca
Laboratory Technician
adam_visca@urmc.rochester.edu

Adam graduated in 2018 from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Biology. Adam works as a part of the spinal cord injury research team. He is also interested in the use of stem cells in medicine, including the potential of iPSC-derived astrocyte transplants for treatment of spinal cord injury. A vocalist in his spare time, Adam wants to apply his research experience towards a career in medicine.

Graduate Students

Li XieLi Xie
Genetics Genetics, Development, and Stem Cells Ph.D. Program
li_xie@urmc.rochester.edu

Lie Xi joined the Proschel Lab in 2016, and is currently applying his extensive molecular skill towards analyzing the effects of EIF2B mutations in VWM disease on astrocyte function. He also collaborates with the spinal cord research team on investigating the effects of new pharmacological treatments on the Immune response in acute SCI. Lie Xi also became a proud father this year!

Research Assistants

Mahlon SchafferMahlon Schaffer
Biochemistry and Chemistry Undergraduate, 2020
mschaff2@u.rochester.edu

Andrew WeberAndrew Weber
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate, 2021
aweber12@u.rochester.edu