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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

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

Oluwagbemisola (Gbemi) Aderibigbe

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida

Research Topic: Identifying diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic neuroinflammatory RNAs in pediatric brain injury

Contact: oaderibigbe7 at gatech dot edu


Brendan Tobin

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering, Clemson University
Research Topic: Systems modeling of ERK signaling in microglia in Alzheimer's Disease

Contact: btobin7 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

Chenxing (Kristin) Li

Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, Psychology, University of Washington
Research Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury and the role of heme and hemoglobin in Alzheimer's disease

Contact: cli780 at gatech dot edu


Felix Rivera Moctezuma

Education: B.S. in Biomedical/Medical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

B.S. in Biology/Biological Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Contact: felix dot rivera at me dot gatech dot edu



Abigail Palmieri

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact: abigail dot palmieri at me dot gatech dot edu



Martin Griffin

Education: Neuroscience, Class of 2024
Mentor: Kristin


Zachary Uhlig

Education: Neuroscience, Class of 2025

Mentor: Brendan/Sara


Anna Silverio

Education: Biochemistry, Class of 2024

Mentor: Kristin


Vrinda Bhat

Education: Class of 2024 Mentor: Abbi/Brendan


Aryaman Bisen

Education: Emory Premedicine, Class of 2026

Mentor: Brendan

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