Principle Investigator

David F. Meaney, Ph.D.

Solomon R. Pollack Professor and Chair of Bioengineering


BSE in Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1987
MSE, 1989 and Ph.D., 1991, in Bioengineering, The University of Pennsylvania


  • Understanding mechanical cues that regulate CNS injury and repair
  • Multiscale integration of mechanical injury response from synaptic spines to neural networks
  • Mechanisms of network dysfunction and therapeutic targets for repair




Post-Doctoral Fellows

Rosalind E. Mott, Ph.D.Publications

BS in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008


  • Cell adhesions, cytoskeleton and their role in mechanotransduction.
  • Mechanisms of local mRNA translation.
  • The impact of injuryd on mRNA translation and synaptic plasticity.
  • The interplay between network activity and synaptic plasticity.

Ph.D. Candidates

Patrick McClanahanPublications

BS in Physics, Penn State, 2009
Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania


  • Understanding traumatic and neurotoxic brain injury and recovery
  • Ball lightning

Laura WilesPublications

BS in Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2012
Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania
NSF Graduate Research Fellow


  • Understanding traumatic brain injury and recovery using in vitro models
  • STEM outreach and education


Research Specialists

Matt Beamer

BS in Biochemistry, Dickinson College, 2011


  • The role of Elk in traumatic brain injury
  • Effect of blast injury on neuronal networks

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Tom Woltemate (Biology, 2014)
  • Karen Man (Bioengineering, 2014)
  • Noor Bosch (Bioengineering, 2014)

Lab Alumni

  • YungChia Chen, Ph.D.
  • Tapan Patel, Ph.D., MD candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania
  • Katie Kopil, Ph.D.
  • Anthony Choo, Ph.D.
  • Jenn Singh, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania
  • Catherine von Reyn, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral fellow at Janelia Farms HHMI
  • Pallab Singh, Ph.D., Patent Law firm
  • Mahlet Mesfin, Ph.D., National Academy of Sciences
  • Vineet Tiruvadi, B.S./M.S., Emory/Georgia Tech (MD/PhD candidate)
  • Adam Hockenberry, B.A., Northwestern University (Ph.D. candidate)
  • Bill Miller, Ph.D., Swiftwater Group consulting
  • Dave Shreiber, Ph.D., Rutgers University (Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering)
  • Donna Geddes-Klein, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Centyrex Venture at Centocor
  • Mike DeRidder, Ph.D.,