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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt (PI)

Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt (PI)

Primary Investigator

Each year in the United States over 1 million individuals will experience a traumatic or ischemic-related brain injury, with 350,000 persons sustaining a severe to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) and an additional 800,000 people suffering from stroke. While the inherent regenerative potential of nervous tissue has been realized, the hurdles and barriers formed by scar and inhibitory molecules limit endogenous regeneration and repair. In evaluating current clinical therapies, there is an obvious need for improving diagnostic imaging and in turn targeted delivery of therapeutics to injured or ischemic tissue. Sarah Stabenfeldt focuses on (1) engineering novel targeted diagnostic and therapeutic (‘theranostic’) biomaterials for neural injury/disease and (2) identifying endogenous neural stem cell homing mechanisms after injury and incorporating such biosignals into tissue-engineered matrices

Research areas of interest: Regenerative medicine, biomaterials, neural injury and repair, neural tissue engineering

Professional preparation: FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology (2007-2010) Ph.D., bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2007 B.S., biomedical engineering, Saint Louis University 2002

Dr. George "Reed" Bjorklund

Dr. George "Reed" Bjorklund

Post Doctoral Researcher

Reed owned and operated a precision aerospace manufacturing business before selling it to return to earn a formal degree from Arizona State University. Reed earned his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the School of Life Sciences after successfully defending his graduate thesis, “ERK/MAPK Requirements for the Development of Long-Range Axonal Projections and Motor Learning in Cortical Glutamatergic Neurons,”

Briana Martinez

Briana Martinez

PhD Candidate

Kassondra Hickey

Kassondra Hickey

PhD Candidate

Amanda Oswalt

Amanda Oswalt

Graduate

Connor Copeland

Connor Copeland

Graduate

Glenna Embrador

Glenna Embrador

Undergraduate

Shannon Grassi

Shannon Grassi

Undergraduate

Ouse Sheblak

Ouse Sheblak

Undergraduate

Kami Leka

Kami Leka

Undergraduate

Gergey Mousa

Gergey Mousa

Undergraduate

Kendall Lundgreen

Kendall Lundgreen

Lab Technician

Amanda Witten

Amanda Witten

Lab Technician