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The Miami Project’s international team of over 175 scientists, researchers, clinicians, and support staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life and, ultimately, finding a cure for paralysis.

Scientific
Leadership

Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, Scientific Director

W. Dalton Dietrich, III, PH.D.

Scientific Director

Scientific Director, The Miami Project
Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery
Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science
Co-Director, Institute for Neural Engineering
Professor, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell Biology

Research Interests: Neuroprotection and Improved Recovery of Function following Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

ddietrich@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8182

Dr. Barth Green, Founder and Chairman

Barth A. Green, M.D.

Chairman and Co-Founder

Chairman, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Executive Dean, Global Health and Community Service
Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Interests: Translational Research for Spinal Cord Injury including Cellular Transplantation and Neural Tissue Protection, especially as applies to mild Hypothermia

bagreen@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-6946

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Director, The Miami Project
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery
Professor, Departments of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine
Chief of Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Robert M. Buck Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Neuroprotection, Schwann Cells, Exosomes & Hypothermia

alevi@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4572

A Message From Scientific Leadership

The Miami Project therapeutic pipeline is helping to move new discoveries to the clinic with treatment interventions targeting the acute, subacute and chronic phases of injury. Significant progress is being made in the area of acute care where the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuroprotective interventions such as therapeutic hypothermia are being clarified to enhance our human trials.

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Meet the Researchers

The Miami Project Team has undertaken a video series entitled Meet the Researcher.  These videos are designed to share information about each researcher, help us understand the specific research program or programs the scientists are most excited about currently, and help us understand what piqued their interest in a career in science.

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Scientific
Faculty

Hassan A Ali, Ph.D., M.S.M.

Hassan A Ali, Ph.D., M.S.M.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Medicine

Research Interests: Understanding the signaling pathways that regulate axon growth, and identifying components of those pathways that can be targeted with drugs to induce robust axon regeneration

halali@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4875

Coleen Atkins, Ph.D.

Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Developing Novel Therapies for Traumatic Brain Injury

catkins@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4698

Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D.

Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Neuroinflammation and neuro-immune interactions in neurological disease

rbrambilla@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7131

Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.

Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: The Pathophysiology and Treatment of CNS Injury

hbramlett@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8926

Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D.

Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D., M.S.B.A.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Innate Immunity in CNS injury and Disease

jderivero@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-1252

Courtney Dumont, Ph.D.

Courtney M. Dumont, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:

cdumont@miami.edu

(305) 243-6142

Patrick D. Ganzer, Ph.D.

Patrick D. Ganzer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Neural Engineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Bioelectronic Medicines and Machine Learning

pxg487@miami.edu

(305) 243-7112

Mousumi Ghosh, Ph.D.

Mousumi Ghosh, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Altering Host Glial Responses Following CNS Injury and Disease to Promote Repair

mghosh@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-9846

James D. Guest, M.D., Ph.D.

James D. Guest, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Augmented Recovery after SCI; Application of Therapeutic Combinations in Preclinical Studies, and Early Phase Clinical Trials

jguest@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7059

Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D.

Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Director, KiDZ Neuroscience Center
Director, Concussion WalkSafe®, BikeSafe®, and SkateSafe® Programs

Research Interests: Injury Prevention and Concussion Management

ghotz@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4004

Emad Ibrahim, M.D., HCLD

Emad Ibrahim, M.D., HCLD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Departments of Urology and Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Male Fertility Following Spinal Cord Injury

eibrahim@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-9082

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., BS ME

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., BS ME

Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine

Chief and Fellowship Director, Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery
Chief and Fellowship Director, Neuro-Trauma Division

 

Research Interests: Deep Brain Stimulation and Hypothermia

jjagid@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-3562

Stanislava Jergova, Ph.D.

Stanislava Jergova, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Advancing Chronic Pain Relief: Recombinant Human Cells and Gene Strategies

sjergova@miami.edu

305-243-6038

Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Neurological Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology

Research Interests: Regulation of Innate Immunity after CNS Trauma

rkeane@miami.edu

(305) 243-5726

Nadine A. Kerr, Ph.D.

Nadine A. Kerr, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Mechanisms of systemic organ dysfunction after Central Nervous System Injury

Jae Lee, Ph.D.

Jae K. Lee, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Glial and Fibrotic Scar Formation in the CNS; Axon Regeneration

JLee22@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-2646

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.

Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Developmental Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: High Content Screening and Functional Genomics of the Nervous System

vlemmon@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-6793

Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D.

Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Cellular Dysfunction and Regeneration Following CNS Injury

dliebl@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8183

Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D.

Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D.

Clinical Professor, Departments of Neurology, Neurological Surgery and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research Interests: Pathophysiology and Treatment of Secondary Complications in Spinal Cord Injury

amartine@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7108

David McMillan, Ph.D.

David W. McMillan, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Outreach, The Miami Project

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Understanding and treatment of secondary complications of SCI; community research partnership

dmcmillan@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-5569

Matija Milosevic, Ph.D.

Matija Milosevic, Ph.D.

Director of Neuromotor Rehabilitation, The Miami Project

Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Neuromotor Rehabilitation

Jennifer C. Munoz Pareja, M.D.

Jennifer C. Munoz Pareja, M.D.

Associate Professor Pediatric Critical Care & Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care, University of Miami

Research Interests: Biomarkers in Acute Brain Injury

Brian R. Noga, Ph.D.

Mark S. Nash, Ph.D., FACSM

Associate Scientific Director for Research, The Miami Project

Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Physical Medicine & Medicine and Physical Therapy
Co-Director, DHHS-NIDILRR South Florida SCI Model System

Research Interests: Physiological Assessment of Secondary Complications following SCI: Cardiometabolic and Vascular Physiology, Cardiovascular Pathology, Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry, Electrical Stimulation and Bionics for Movement and Health

mnash@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7108

Brian R. Noga, Ph.D.

Brian R. Noga, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Brain and Spinal Mechanisms Controlling Walking

bnoga@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8184

Damien D. Pearse, Ph.D.

Damien D. Pearse, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

The John M. and Jocelyn H.K. Watkins Distinguished Chair in Cell Therapies
The Neuroscience Program, The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Research Interests: Repairing the Injured Nervous System with Cell-Based Approaches and Modulators of Protein Modification Pathways

dpearse@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8185

Abhishek Prasad, Ph.D.

Abhishek Prasad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Brain and spinal cord machine interfaces for spinal cord injury

a.prasad@miami.edu

(305) 243-4886

Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D.

Suhrud M. Rajguru, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology

Assistant Vice Provost for Research Workforce Development, University of Miami
Director, University of Miami CTSI Workforce Development

Research Interests: NeuroTherapeutics Lab

s.rajguru@miami.edu

(305) 243-7946

Jacqueline Sagen, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Sagen, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Cell Transplantation and Gene Therapies for Alleviation of Chronic Pain

jsagen@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-5618

Pantelis Tsoulfas, M.D.

Pantelis Tsoulfas, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Cell Biology & Anatomy

Research Interests: Neurotrophins: Specificity of Action

ptsoulfas@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-3433

Michael Wang, M.D.

Michael Y. Wang, M.D.

Chief of Neurosurgery, University of Miami Hospital

Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Interests: Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes

(305) 243-6946

Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Ph.D.

Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuroscience Program

Health Scientist, Veterans Affairs

Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Neuropathic Pain Research Program

Emeritus
Faculty

John Bixby, Ph.D.

John L. Bixby, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Phenotypic Screening, Axon Regeneration, and Drug Discovery

jbixby@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4874

Ross Bullock, Ph.D.

M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Preclinical Mechanistic and Neuroprotection Research in Traumatic Brain Injury and Clinical trials, and Neuromonitoring Techniques in the Injured Brain

rbullock@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8183

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.

Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience; Professor Emerita, Departments Cell Biology & Anatomy, Neurological Surgery and Neurology

Research Interests:

Thomas J. Sick, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Sick, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Department of Neurology and Physiology & Biophysics

Research Interests: Cellular and Neuronal Circuit Alterations after Traumatic Brian Injury That Contribute to Cognitive Decline and Epilepsy