People

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

j.lemma@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-6946

Dr. Allan Levi

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: Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

alevi@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4572

A message from scientific leadership.

The Miami Project’s international team of over 200 scientists, researchers, clinicians, and support staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life and, ultimately, finding a cure for paralysis. Miami Project researchers are currently conducting numerous clinical trials in spinal cord injury, including therapeutic hypothermia, autologous Schwann cell transplantation, Riluzole, and brain machine interfaces. Other areas of current research include immune modulation, neurorepair and regeneration,neuroplasticity, and drug discovery.

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Scientific
Faculty

Hassan Al-Ali, Ph.D.'s paper shows that he is on the edge of discovery

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

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

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

Nagi Ayad, Ph.D.

Nagi G. Ayad, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Co-Director, University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative

Research Interests: Identifying therapeutic combinations in brain cancer and spinal cord injury

nayad@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7695

John Bixby, Ph.D.

John Bixby, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: High Content Screening, Axon Regeneration and Drug Discovery

jbixby@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4874

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.

Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Innate Immunity in CNS injury and Disease

jderivero@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-1252

Katie Gant, Ph.D.

Katie Gant, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Outreach, The Miami Project

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Clinical Trials and Neuroengineering

kgant@miami.edu

(305) 243-7108

David R. Gater, M.D., Ph.D.

David R. Gater, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Chief Medical Officer of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Co-Director, NIDILRR South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Research Interests:

dgater@miami.edu

(305) 243-9516

Mousumi Ghosh, Ph.D.

Mousumi Ghosh, Ph.D.

Research Assistant 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: Neurocognitive Deficits and Injury Prevention

ghotz@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-4004

Emad Ibrahim, M.D., HCLD

Emad Ibrahim, M.D., HCLD

Assistant 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

Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.

Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Regulation of Innate Immunity after CNS Trauma

rkeane@miami.edu

(305) 243-5726

Jae K. 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) 243-8184

Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D.

Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms that Regulate Cellular Dysfunction and Death Following CNS Injury; Mechanisms to Promote Regeneration and Recovery

dliebl@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8183

Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D.

Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D.

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

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

amartine@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-7108

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 Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Brain and Spinal Mechanisms Controlling Walking

bnoga@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8184

Kevin Park, Ph.D.

Kevin Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Mechanisms of Axon Regeneration and Neuroprotection

kpark@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-2493

Damien D. Pearse, Ph.D.

Damien D. Pearse, Ph.D.

The John M. and Jocelyn H.K. Watkins Distinguished Chair in Cell Therapies

Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

Research Interests: Exploration and Translation of Therapeutic Strategies to Repair the Injured Spinal Cord and Brain

dpearse@med.miami.edu

(305) 243-8185

Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D.

Suhrud M. Rajguru, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Institute for Neural Engineering

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering & Otolaryngology
Assistant Director, University of Miami CTSI Team Science

Research Interests: Therapeutic Hypothermia

s.rajguru@miami.edu

(305) 243-7946

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

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: Neurotrauma-related Neuropathic Pain Phenotypes and Biomarkers; Standards for Pain Assessment, Taxonomy and Classification after Spinal Cord Injury

Emeritus
Faculty

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: Development of Combination Strategies to Repair the Injured Spinal Cord

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