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

Alyssa Pybus

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering, MIT

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

Contact: afpybus at gatech dot edu

Jay McKinney

Primary Advisor: Nick Willet

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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

Sara Bitarafan

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Topic: Quantifying changes in microglial activation in neuroinflammatory diseases

Contact: sbitarafan74 at gatech dot edu

Edgar Ortiz

Staff

Education: B.A. in Chemistry, Berea College

Undergraduates

Benjamin Ahn

Education: Biology, Class of 2022
Research Topic: Modulating neuroimmune cell activity in Alzheimer's disease

Brae Davies

Education: Neuroscience, Class of 2023

Mentor: Alyssa

Bennie Tignor

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

Mentor: Jay

Rachel Grosswald

Education: Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

Mentor: Sara

Cole Landrum

Education: Neuroscience, Class of 2024

Mentor: Sara

Kareena Udeshi

Education: Neuroscience, Class of 2023

Mentor: Alyssa

Affiliates

Benjamin Guzman

Education: Biological Engineering, University of Georgia Class of 2021

Mentor: Alyssa

Lab for Systems Biology of Inflammation