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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Enteric Nervous System
Ricardo De Azevedo Pereira
Bio Ricardo Azevedo-Pereira has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Parasitology with focus on immunology and protein purification of Leishmania protozoan. He received his PhD at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he investigated the role of cysteine proteases in differentiation of embryonic stem cells into neural cells. Additionally, he stablished a protocol to isolate human neural stem cells from adult patient with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy. During his PhD, he received a fellowship as visiting scholar to study the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells and iPS cells into photoreceptors cells at University of Washington, Seattle, under supervision of Dr. Thomas Reh. During his postdoc at Stanford in the Department of Dermatology, he investigated the mechanisms of hair follicle stem cells activation and hair growth by subcutaneous injection of laminin 511. At the Steinberg lab, he is now applying Translating Ribosome Affinity Purification (TRAP), RNA sequencing and bioinformatic approaches to study the mechanism underlying stroke recovery after human neural stem cells transplantation. As a Research Scientist, he is involved in several projects including: neural stem cells secretome and brain plasticity by expression of perineuronal nets in different cortical layers in stroke models.
Atman Desai, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our laboratory aims to analyze and solve healthcare problems relating to neurosurgical care and spine care on a population level. Through the development of algorithms that can be applied to various large national and state-level healthcare datasets, our goal is to harness big data to:
1. Understand how quality in neurosurgical care and spine care can be defined in both short and long-term measures
2. Develop appropriate measures of quality neurosurgical and spine care
3. Create benchmarks for care in neurosurgery and spine surgery
4. Create multivariate bio-statistical models of pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative events and long term patient outcomes
5. Understand how existing paradigms in neurosurgical care and spine care can be potentially improved to improve patient outcomes
In addition to our population level research, our laboratory has been a national pioneer in integrating prospective outcomes driven medical informative and database systems into the electronic health record. This allows us to identify pre- and post-operative treatment measures that influence patient outcomes, and in doing so improve patient safety and maximize the efficacy of current treatments for neurosurgical and spine patients.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neurology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Neural circuits of movement control in health and movement disorders
Robert Dodd, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, of Radiology and, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Dodd is involved in clinical trials using endovascular coils that have a fiber coating that help heal aneurysms of the neck and can prevent an aneurysm from reforming. He uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to treat brain tumors.
Dodd's research interests are in cerebral blood vessel reactivity and stroke.