Center Investigators

Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentSpecialties
barnardAlison Barnard, DPT, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyPathophysiology in Muscular Dystrophy
BartonElisabeth Barton, PhDProfessor & Associate DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyMuscular dystrophy and respiratory muscle function
Richard B. Berry, MDRichard Berry, MDProfessorDivision of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineSleep disorders, upper airway physiology, pharmacological treatment of sleep apnea, mechanisms of respiratory arousal
Jennifer BizonJennifer Bizon, PhDProfessor & Chair; DirectorDepartment of Neuroscience; McKnight Brain InstituteTherapeutic 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 Neuroscience; Santa Fe Health Alzheimer's Disease Research CenterPrior transmission of ALS
Prodip BoseProdip Bose, MD, PhDAssociate Professor; Interim DirectorDepartment of Neurology; Brain Rehabilitation Research CenterSpasticity after TBI/SCI
BryantAndrew Bryant, MDClinical Associate ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep MedicinePulmonary critical care and sleep medicine; hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension
BuslKatharina Busl, MD, MSProfessor, Division Chief of Neurocritical Care, & Associate Chair for Clinical OperationsDepartment of NeurologyCare innovations and quality of neurocritical care; treatment of headache in the NeuroICU, neuroprognostication and medical complications of neurocritical disease
Barry ByrneBarry Byrne, MD, PhDProfessor & Associate Chair; DirectorDepartment of Pediatrics; Gene Powell CenterPompe disease; gene therapy
ClantonThomas Clanton, PhDBK & Betty Stevens ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyInflammation in respiratory muscles
DaleErica Dale, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiology & AgingSpinal 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
Irene EstoresIrene Estores, MDAssociate Professor & Residency Program DirectorDepartment of Physical Medicine & RehabilitationMedical acupuncture; neuropathic pain
Emily FoxEmily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCSAssociate Professor; DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration & Brooks Neuromuscular ResearchPhrenic/diaphragm pacing as rehabilitative tool; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and spinal injury
DFDavid Fuller, PhDProfessor; Associate DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; BREATHE CenterSpinal 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
Elisa Gonzalez-RothiElisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhDResearch Associate 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; DirectorDepartment of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences; Master's of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders ProgramCough 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
JudgeSarah Judge, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapySkeletal muscle biology and cancer cachexia
KaufmannChristopher Kaufmann, PhD, MHSAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Health Outcomes & Biomedical InformaticsSleep disorders and neurodegeneration
Orlando LaitanoOrlando Laitano, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyMechanisms underlying sepsis-induced myopathy with disuse in aging and on the pathophysiology of exertional heat stroke
LascanoJorge Lascano, MDProfessorDivision of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep MedicinePulmonary critical care
Jada LewisJada Lewis, PhDProfessor; Deputy DirectorDepartment of Neuroscience; McKnight Brain InstitutePathogenic and therapeutic IH in neurodegenerative disease
Carolina MacielCarolina Maciel, MD, MSCRAssociate Professor; Director of ResearchDepartment of Neurology; NCCCognitive function after cardiac arrest/recovery; neurocritical care, TBI
Shawn McGargillShawn McGargill, MDClinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical Medicine & RehabilitationInterventional spine care; orthopaedics and rehabilitation; physical medicine and rehabilitation
MehradBorna Mehrad, MDChief & Ethel Smith Research ProfessorDivision of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineLung disease
Gordon MitchellGordon Mitchell, PhDPreeminence Professor; Director; Deputy DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy; BREATHE Center; McKnight Brain InstituteIntermittent hypoxia induced respiratory plasticity, therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in spinal injury and ALS
Nicholas NapoliNicholas Napoli, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Electrical & 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
Aline OliveiraAline Oliveira, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Pharmacology & TherapeuticsNeuroimmune axis contribution to pulmonary hypertension; neuroinflammation and neuroplasticity
Michael PizziMichael Pizzi, DO, PhD, FCCMAssociate ProfessorDepartments of Neurology & NeurosurgeryPreserving the blood-brain barrier after acute brain injury; characterizing the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in regulating cerebral blood flow; investigating the effects of ketone esters on cerebral blood flow; developing models to measure brain compliance
Laura RanumLaura Ranum, PhDProfessor; DirectorDepartment of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Center for NeurogeneticsGenetics of neurodegenerative neuromuscular disease: myotonic dystrophy and ALS
Mike ReidMichael Reid, PhDProfessor; DeanDepartment of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology; College of Health & Human PerformanceMolecular biology of respiratory muscle
ReznikovLeah Reznikov, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesNeural innervation of the airways, cystic fibrosis
Chris RobinsonChristopher Robinson, DO, MSAssociate Professor; Director; Program DirectorDepartment of Neurology; Division Of Neurocritical Care; NCCBrain death, meningitis, traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and COVID-19 associated neurological complications
Emma SchachnerEmma Schachner, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological SciencesOrigin and evolution of major morphological and physiological innovations in vertebrates, with a focus on the evolution of the amniote respiratory system
Christine SchmidtChristine Schmidt, PhDDistinguished Professor & ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeuroregeneration after peripheral or spinal cord injury
Yasin SevenYasin B. Seven, MS, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiological Sciences Neuroprotection in spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative diseases, nanoparticle-based targeted drug delivery
Kim SibilleKimberly Sibille, PhD, MAAssociate Professor; DirectorDepartment of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Pain TRAILBridging the biomedical, behavioral, and psychosocial chasm in chronic pain
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
Ramon SunRamon Sun, PhDAssociate Professor; DirectorDepartment of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Center for Spatial Biomolecule ResearchCellular metabolism, signaling, and physiology; disease etiology of neurological disorders
SweeneyLee Sweeney, PhDProfessor; DirectorDepartment of Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Myology InstituteMolecular motors of the myosin superfamily; muscular dystrophy
TaivassaloTanja Taivassalo, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physiology & AgingMuscle dysfunction & therapeutics in human DMD
VandenborneKrista Vandenborne, PT, PhDDistinguished Professor & ChairDepartment of Physical TherapyRespiratory failure in human DMD
Adrienn VargaAdrienn Varga, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of NeuroscienceRole of opioid-sensitive respiratory neurons in the brain in both normal breathing and under the influence of opioids
Alicia VoseAlicia Vose, PhD, CCC-SLPAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Neurology (UF Health -Jacksonville)Acute intermittent hypoxia and respiratory strength training to enhance breathing and swallowing in people with chronic spinal cord injury; effects of diaphragm stimulation on respiratory neural drive and function
WalterGlenn Walter, PhDProfessor & Vice ChairDepartment of Physiology & AgingMRI imaging of respiratory muscles & their plasticity
James WymerJames Wymer, MD, FAANProfessor & Division ChiefDepartment of NeurologyDiagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, muscle diseases and peripheral neuropathies