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

Matthew A. Hemphill, Ph.D.Publications

BS in Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Harvard University, 2014


  • Understanding functional effects of traumatic brain injury on neural networks using both in vitro and in vivo injury models
  • Understanding the mechanosensitive properties of neurons and neuronal networks

Shanti Tummala, Ph.D.Publications

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2009


  • Electrophysiological assessment of neural circuits after injury.

Ph.D. Candidates

Alexandra AdegokePublications

BS in Engineering Science, Smith College, 2010
MSc in Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, 2011
MD/PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania


  • Understanding traumatic brain injury and recovery via neural microcircuit analysis
  • The impact of injury on network activity in vitro.

David GabrieliPublications

BS in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
PhD student, University of Pennsylvania


  • Information transfer in computational neural networks
  • Network effects of NMDA receptor dysfunction

Samantha Schumm

BS in Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
PhD student, University of Pennsylvania


  • Modeling effects of network damage on multiscale neuronal network dynamics

Masters Candidates

  • none at present
  • Research Specialists

    Emily Sewell

    BS in Neuroscience, Furman University, 2015


    • The impact of traumatic brain injury on functional and behavioral effects in vivo
    • Understanding TBI and recovery via novel drug testing and analysis

    Undergraduate Research Assistants

    • Shichao Wang (Bioengineering, 2016)
    • Brandon Parvesse (Bioengineering, 2018)
    • Vidisha Srivastav (Bioengineering, 2018)
    • Gurjeet Singh (Bioengineering, 2018)
    • Christian Duffy De Abreu (Bioengineering, 2018)
    • Olivia Teter (Bioengineering, 2019)
    • Richard Adamovich-Zeitlin (Bioengineering, 2019)
    • Helen Boone (Bioengineering, 2016)

    Lab Alumni

    • Rosalind Mott, Ph.D., Cell Press
    • Laura Wiles, B.S, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    • Miguel De La Torre, B.A.S
    • Chang Su, B.S.E, Yale School of Medicine
    • Phuong Duong, B.S, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • Julia Valenziano, B.S., University of Pennsylvania
    • Leon Wu, M.S.
    • YungChia Chen, Ph.D., American Society for Engineering Education Post-doctoral Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory
    • Tapan Patel, M.D.,Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ophthalmology
    • Katie Kopil, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research Programs The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
    • Anthony Choo, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, PsychoGenics
    • Jenn Singh, Ph.D., Research fellow at University of Pennsylvania (Eberwine lab)
    • Catherine von Reyn, Ph.D., Faculty at Drexel, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Pallab Singh, Ph.D., Patent Agent, Riverside Law firm
    • Mahlet Mesfin, Ph.D., AAAS Fellow, Office of Science, Technology and Policy, The White House
    • 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
    • Dave Shreiber, Ph.D., Rutgers University (Professor of Biomedical Engineering)
    • Donna Geddes-Klein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
    • Mike DeRidder, Ph.D., Director, R&D Customer Insights, GlaxoSmithKline
    • Theresa Lusardi, Ph.D., Research Faculty, Legacy Health Science Institute, Portland, OR