Center Investigators

 Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentSpecialties
BartonElisabeth Barton, PhDProfessor & Acting Associate DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyMuscular dystrophy and respiratory muscle function
Richard B. Berry, MDRichard Berry, MDProfessor & Medical DirectorDivision of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineSleep disorders, upper airway physiology, pharmacological treatment of sleep apnea, mechanisms of respiratory arousal
Jennifer BizonJennifer Bizon, PhDProfessor & Interim ChairDepartment of NeuroscienceTherapeutic intermittent hypoxia and cognitive function in rodent models
Don BolserDonald Bolser, PhDProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesRespiratory control, mechanisms of cough, and airway defense
David BorcheltDavid Borchelt, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeurosciencePrior transmission of ALS
BryantAndrew Bryant, MDClinical Assistant ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep MedicinePulmonary critical care and sleep medicine; hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension
Barry ByrneBarry Byrne, MD, PhDProfessor & Associate ChairDepartment of PediatricsPompe disease, gene therapy
ClantonThomas Clanton, PhDBK and Betty Stevens ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyInflammation in respiratory muscles
DaleErica Dale, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiology and Functional GenomicsSpinal stimulation induced phrenic motor plasticity; neurostimulation and functional recovery of breathing capacity after spinal injury
DavenportPaul Davenport, PhDDistinguished ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesRespiratory control, sensation and airway defense
ferreiraLeonardo Ferreira, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyDiaphragm atrophy
Emily FoxEmily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCSResearch Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physical Therapy Phrenic/diaphragm pacing as rehabilitative tool; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and spinal injury
DFDavid Fuller, PhDProfessor & Program DirectorDepartment of Physical TherapySpinal stimulation and recovery of breathing activity with opiate-induced respiratory depression and spinal injury; Regulation of airway muscles; hyperbaric oxygenation, intermittent hypoxia and respiratory plasticity, Pompe disease
Todd GoldeTodd Golde, MD, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurodegenerative disease
Elisa Gonzalez-RothiElisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyRespiratory plasticity induced by neurostimulation and intermittent hypoxia; spinal cord injury; sleep apnea & pathogenic intermittent hypoxia after SCI
Karen HeglandKaren Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLPAssociate Professor & Program DirectorDepartment of Speech, Language, and Hearing SciencesCough and respiratory sensation in Parkinson's Disease
HeppleRussell Hepple, PhDProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyAging and toxicology of respiratory muscle
JudgeAndrew Judge, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapySepsis, cachexia and respiratory muscles
LascanoJorge Lascano, MDAssociate ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep MedicinePulmonary critical care
LevittErica Levitt, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Pharmacology & TherapeuticsMechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression
Jada LewisJada Lewis, PhDProfessorDepartment of NeurosciencePathogenic and therapeutic IH in neurodegenerative disease
Carolina MacielCarolina Maciel, MD, MSCRClinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of NeurologyCognitive function after cardiac arrest/recovery; neurocritical care, TBI
MandelRonald Mandel, PhDProfessorDepartment of NeuroscienceAAV for neuroanatomical tracing of respiratory pathways and gene therapy
MehradBorna Mehrad, MDEthel Smith Research Professor and ChiefDivision of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep MedicineLung disease
Gordon MitchellGordon Mitchell, PhDPreeminence Professor & DirectorDepartment of Physical TherapyIntermittent hypoxia induced respiratory plasticity, therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in spinal injury and ALS
Nicholas NapoliNicholas Napoli, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Electrical and Computer EngineeringHyperbaric oxygenation
Maria NikodemovaMaria Nikodemova, MS, PhDResearch Associate ScientistDepartment of Physical Therapymicroglial plasticity in healthy CNS and during neurodegeneration; APOE4 phenotype, sleep apnea; the role of microglia and neuroinflammation in regulating respiratory motor plasticity during hypoxia and after spinal cord injury
Kevin OttoKevin Otto, PhDProfessor & Senior Associate ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeural interfaces, multi-channel implantable micro devices for neural stimulation, autonomic neuroengineering; neuroprosthetics; spinal/epidural stimulation
Emily PlowmanEmily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLPAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Speech, Language, and Hearing SciencesDysphagia and cough in ALS
PowersScott Powers, PhDUAA Endowed Professor & Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyDiaphragm atrophy
PrabhakaranSreekala Prabhakaran, MDClinical Associate ProfessorPediatric Pulmonary DivisionSleep patterns and sleep disorders
Laura RanumLaura Ranum, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of Molecular Genetics & MicrobiologyGenetics of neurodegenerative neuromuscular disease: myotonic dystrophy and ALS
Mike ReidMichael Reid, PhDProfessor & DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyMolecular biology of respiratory muscle
ReznikovLeah Reznikov, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesNeural innervation of the airways, cystic fibrosis
Christine SchmidtChristine Schmidt, PhDProfessor & ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeuroregeneration after peripheral or spinal cord injury
SmithBarbara Smith, PT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyPompe disease, diaphragm pacing; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in ALS patients
Ashley SmuderAshley Smuder, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyDiaphragm atrophy; response to therapeutics; HBO and diaphragm muscle inflammation in Pompe and SCI
SweeneyLee Sweeney, PhDProfessorDepartment of Pharmacology & TherapeuticsMolecular motors of the myosin superfamily; muscular dystrophy
TaivassaloTanja Taivassalo, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physiology & Functional GenomicsMuscle dysfunction & therapeutics in human DMD
VandenborneKrista Vandenborne, PT, PhDDistinguished Professor & ChairDepartment of Physical TherapyRespiratory failure in human DMD
Mary WagnerMary Wagner, MDClinical ProfessorDepartment of PediatricsSleep disordered breathing
WalterGlenn Walter, PhDProfessorDepartment of Physiology and Functional GenomicsMRI imaging of respiratory muscles & their plasticity
Adam WoodsAdam Woods, PhDAssociate Professor & Assistant DirectorDepartment of Clinical and Health PsychologyTherapeutic intermittent hypoxia and cognitive function in aging humans
James WymerJames Wymer, MD, FAANProfessorDepartment of NeurologyDiagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, muscle diseases and peripheral neuropathies