Ph.D. - Neuroscience
Tulane University - 1997
Understanding the molecular basis of axon guidance and target recognition during development and regeneration, and to generate novel nerve repair strategies.
Specific research areas include: Spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve gap repair, and regenerative peripheral neurointerfaces.
High-Performance Graphene-Fiber-Based Neural Recording Microelectrodes 2019 - Journal Article
Prophylactic Riluzole Attenuates Oxidative Stress Damage in Spinal Cord Distraction 2018 - Journal Article
Thin Film Multi-Electrode Softening Cuffs for Selective Neuromodulation 2018 - Journal Article
Chemical gradients 2018 - Other
Devices and methods for the prevention and treatment of neuromas 2018 - Other
Implantable wireless microstimulator for peripheral nerves 2018 - Other
A Hybrid 3D Printing and Robotic-assisted Embedding Approach for Design and Fabrication of Nerve Cuffs with Integrated Locking Mechanisms 2018 - Journal Article
Adult mouse sensory neurons on microelectrode arrays exhibit increased spontaneous and stimulus-evoked activity in the presence of interleukin-6 2018 - Journal Article
Glial-derived growth factor and pleiotrophin synergistically promote axonal regeneration in critical nerve injuries 2018 - Journal Article
Multiparity affects conduction properties of pelvic floor nerves in rabbits 2018 - Journal Article
For years, retired Maj. David Underwood has noticed that whenever he drove under power lines and around other electromagnetic fields, he would feel a buzz in what remained of his arm. When traveling by car through Texas’ open spaces, the buzz often became more powerful.
“When roaming on a cellphone in the car kicked in, the pain almost felt like having my arm blown off again,” said Underwood, an Iraq War veteran who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries have resulted in 35 surgeries and the amputation of his left arm. Shrapnel from the IED also tore part of his leg and left him with more than 100 smaller wounds. “I didn’t notice the power lines, cellphones on roam or other electromagnetic fields until I first felt them in my arm.”