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Faculty Members

Discovery and translational research requires a wide range of expertise, from knowledge of cellular systems to behavioral assays and clinical application. TAMSCI faculty bring training in medicine, physiology, biology, pharmacology, engineering, and psychology to discover new approaches to treatment and care. The 9 core faculty span 5 colleges (Education, Engineering, Medicine, Liberal Arts, Science, and Veterinary Medicine) at Texas A&M University.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Areas of Interest:

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Neural stem cell transplantation

  • Characterizing pathophysiology of motor, sensory, and autonomic dysfunctions after SCI

Professor, Educational Psychology

Areas of Interest:

  • Interpersonal behavior and adjustment of persons with spinal cord injury, and persons living with chronic and debilitating health conditions

  • Interventions for caregivers

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics

Areas of Interest:

  • Spinal cord plasticity, axon regeneration & sprouting

  • Impact of aging

  • Inflammation & glial scar

  • SCI associated liver dysfunction & cardiovascular disease

Mary Tucker Currie Professor, Psychology

Areas of Interest:

  • Spinal cord plasticity & learning

  • How pain inputs affects tissue & recovery after spinal cord injury

  • Treatments to reduce secondary injury

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics

Areas of Interest:

  • Effects of opioids on lesion size and recovery after spinal cord injury

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Depression following spinal cord injury

  • Addiction following injury

  • Inflammation and bone loss after spinal injury

Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Areas of Interest:

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Nervous system plasticity 

  • Transplantation into the spinal cord

  • Functional outcome measures

  • Data analysis

Professor and Helen McWhorther Chair, Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Areas of Interest:

  • Naturally occurring canine spinal cord injury

  • Neuroprotective therapies

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest:

  • Integrated neuroprosthesis with sensorimotor loop intervention

  • Rehabilitation of patterned/rhythmic muscle activity

  • Wireless intraoral device and its applications

  • Bio-mimicking/bio-inspired circuits and systems

Assistant Professor, Biology

Areas of Interest:

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Inflammation

  • Secondary damage/pathogenesis after SCI

  • Neuroprotection

  • Three-dimensional imaging of inflammation and plasticity after SCI