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Our Team

Principal Investigator: Levi Wood

Dr. Wood completed his graduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While there he worked under the guidance of Drs. H. Harry Asada and Roger Kamm to develop and use microfluidics to identify mechanisms governing vascular geometry. 
   During his postdoc, Dr. Wood worked under Dr. Kevin Haigis (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School) and Dr. Douglas Lauffenburger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to use systems biology to identify novel signaling mechanisms driving neuronal death in Alzheimer's disease and epithelial cell death during intestinal inflammation.

Contact: levi dot wood at me dot gatech dot edu

Graduate Students

Laura Weinstock

Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, summa cum laude, Northeastern University 
Research Topic: Prediction and control of the dynamic microglial response to injury
Awards: CTEng Trainee 
Contact: lweinstock3 at gatech dot edu

Sitara Sankar

Education: B.S. in Biological Engineering,       Cornell Unversity  
Research Topic: The role of heme and hemoglobin in astrocyte activation and Alzheimer's disease 
Contact: sitara dot sankar at gatech dot edu

Alyssa Pybus

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering, MIT

Research Topic: Identifying mechanisms driving neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in repetititive traumatic brain injury

Contact: afpybus at gatech dot edu

Junho Yoo

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech  
Research Topic: Assesment of prognostic potential of cerebral blood flow, oxygen metablism, and cerebral reactivity following closed head injury
Contact:  jyoo84 at gatech dot edu

Jay McKinney

Primary Advisor: Nick Willet

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S. in Medical Sciences, Boston University

Research Topic: Analysis of the therapeutic efficacy of human Mesenchymal Stem Cell paracrine signaling mechanisms in osteoarthritis

Contact: jmckinney at gatech dot edu

Lab Technician

Sara Bitarafan

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019

Research Topic: Quantifying changes in microglial activation in neuroinflammatory diseases

Mary-Catherine Bryant

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020

Research Topic: Characterizing heme signaling in glial cells and neurons in Alzheimer’s disease

Benjamin Ahn

Education: Biology, Class of 2023

Research Topic: Modulating neuroimmune cell activity in Alzheimer's disease

Andy Begazo

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020


Alexis Wilkinson

Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Class of 2019

Research Topic: Characterizing phenotypic differences in pericytes in pathological conditions​

Kajol Shah

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020

Research Topic: Quantitative Characterization of Astrocyte and Microglial Activation in 2D and 3D Culture

Jimmy Forsmo

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020

Research Topic: Examining neuroimmune cell activity in Alzheimer's disease

Lab for Systems Biology of Inflammation