SCoBIRC FACULTY

The SCoBIRC faculty includes researchers and clinicians from a variety of disciplines, working together to promote the multidisciplinary interactions and the cross-fertilization of ideas. The studies range from fundamental neuroscience research to clinical applications.

SCoBIRC Research Focus Areas

  • Treatments to minimize damage and promote repair mechanisms following spinal cord or brain injury
  • Strategies to promote neuronal regeneration, including gene therapy
  • Understanding the mechanisms involved in axon guidance and myelination
  • Implementation of advanced control systems for functional neuromuscular stimulation
SCoBIC Core Faculty

SCoBIC Core Faculty

SCoBIC Core Faculty and Faculty Associates

SCoBIC Core Faculty and Faculty Associates

Core Faculty | Core Research Faculty | Associate Faculty

SCoBIRC Core Faculty:

James W. Geddes, Ph.D.  Director
Admiral William Sheeley Chair in Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research; Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Kathryn E. Saatman, Ph.D. Associate Director  SCoBIRC Chair #6; Professor, Departments of Physiology and Neurosurgery

Franca Cambi, M.D., Ph.D.
SCoBIRC Chair #5; Professor, Departments of Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology

John C. Gensel, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Edward D. Hall, Ph.D.
William R. Markesbery, M.D. Chair in Neurotrauma Research; Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Alexander G. Rabchevsky, Ph.D.
SCoBIRC Chair #1; Associate Professor, Department of Physiology

Diane M. Snow, Ph.D.
SCoBIRC Chair #7; Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Patrick G. Sullivan, Ph.D.
SCoBIRC Chair #3; Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

SCoBIRC Core Research Faculty:

Indrapal N. Singh, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Chen-Guang Yu, Ph.D., M.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

SCoBIRC Faculty Associates:

Richard D. Andreatta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - Division of Communication Disorders

Michael Bardo, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation (CDART) Department of Psychology

D. Allan Butterfield, Ph.D.
The Alumni Association Endowed Professor of Biological Chemistry; Director, Center of Membrane Sciences; Faculty Associate, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center; and Faculty, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Esther E. Dupont-Versteegden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy.

Greg A. Gerhardt, Ph.D.
Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Electrical Engineering, Director, Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence, Director, Center for Microelectrode Technology, Co-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Dong (Dan) Han, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek, Pharm.D., FCCM, FCCP
Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

Walter High, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cardinal Hill Endowed Research Scholar in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Patrick H. Kitzman, Ph.D., PT
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy

Scott C. Livingston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences

Susan M. McDowell, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit and a seating and mobility clinic at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Kimberly Nixon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceautical Sciences

Bruce O’Hara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

James R. Pauly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Mark A. Prendergast, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Lumy Sawaki, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cardinal Hill Endowed Research Scholar in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Sara Shahid Salles, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Stephen W. Scheff, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Associate Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Frederick A. Schmitt, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology

Bret N. Smith Ph.D.
Thomas L. Skinner Professor of Physiology
Director of Graduate Studies - Physiology

Joe E. Springer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Cardinal Hill Endowed Chair, Professor and Vice Chair for Research Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Karin R. Swartz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief of Neurosurgery at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Bradley K. Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D.
Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Director, University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

S. Randal Voss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology

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