Spinal Cord Injury Core

BREATHE is devoted to developing new therapeutics to restore breathing and airway defense, walking, and health in those living with spinal cord injuries. A particular focus is to harness spinal cord plasticity through intermittent hypoxia or spinal cord electrical stimulation to restore function.

 Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentCoresSpecialties
Prodip BoseProdip Bose, MD, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpasticity after TBI/SCI
DaleErica Dale, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiology and Functional GenomicsBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal stimulation induced phrenic motor plasticity; neurostimulation and functional recovery of breathing capacity after spinal injury
Emily FoxEmily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCSResearch Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physical Therapy Basic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CorePhrenic/diaphragm pacing as rehabilitative tool; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and spinal injury
DFDavid Fuller, PhDProfessor & Program DirectorDepartment of Physical Therapy Basic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal 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 Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical Therapy Basic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRespiratory plasticity induced by neurostimulation and intermittent hypoxia; spinal cord injury; sleep apnea & pathogenic intermittent hypoxia after SCI
Gordon MitchellGordon Mitchell, PhDPreeminence Professor & DirectorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreIntermittent hypoxia induced respiratory plasticity, therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in spinal injury and ALS
Maria NikodemovaMaria Nikodemova, MS, PhDResearch Associate ScientistDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury Coremicroglial 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 EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeural interfaces, multi-channel implantable micro devices for neural stimulation, autonomic neuroengineering; neuroprosthetics; spinal/epidural stimulation
Christine SchmidtChristine Schmidt, Christine Schmidt, PhDPhDProfessor & ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroregeneration after peripheral or spinal cord injury
Yasin SevenYasin B. Seven, MS, PhDResearch Assistant ScientistDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurotechnology Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroprotection in spinal cord injury and neurodegenerative diseases, nanoparticle-based targeted drug delivery