Faculty Research Laboratories

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery operates a number of specialized research laboratories, each focusing on a unique area. These laboratories include:

Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy Laboratory

The Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy Laboratory, under the direction of Sameer Agnihotri, PhD, studies pediatric and adult high-grade gliomas (HGG) and diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG).

Brain Tumor Evolution & Therapy Laboratory

The Laboratory of Brain Tumor Evolution & Therapy, under the direction of Baoli Hu, PhD, studies the genetic and epigenetic events contributing to the evolution of brain tumors.

Brain Tumor Immunogenetics Lab

Brain tumor lab at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center under the direction of Nduka Amankulor, MD

Cerebral Aneurysm Research Lab

The Cerebral Aneurysm Research Lab, led by resident Kamil W. Nowicki, MD, PhD, studies the molecular pathways underlying cerebral aneurysm formation in order to induce repair and prevent rupture.

Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory

The Laboratory of Cognitive Neurodynamics, under the direction of Avniel Ghuman, PhD, studies how our brain turns what falls upon our eyes into the rich meaningful experience that we perceive in the world around us.

Cortical Systems Laboratory

Neuroscience lab, under the direction of Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, studying brain electrophysiology and behavior in patients undergoing epilepsy and movement disorder surgery.

Fiber Tractography Lab

The Fiber Tractography Lab—under the direction of Frank Yeh, PhD—is focused on the application of High-Definition Fiber Tractography for presurgical planning and intraoperative navigation to facilitate brain function preservation.

Molecular Tumor Personalized Precision Lab

The Molecular Tumor Biology and Personalized Precision Therapy Lab, directed by Pascal Zinn, focuses on personalized patient-centered care for brain and spinal tumors

Neuroapoptosis Laboratory

The Neuroapoptosis Laboratory, under the direction of Robert Friedlander, MD, studies the basic mechanisms of apoptosis, as mediated by the caspase apoptotic family in neurologic diseases.

Neurodegeneration Research

Neurodegeneration research, under the direction of Robert Friedlander, MD, investigates the neuropathology and mechanisms of neurodegeneration in adult-onset neurological diseases.

Pediatric Neurosurgery ImmunoOncology Laboratory

The Pediatric Neurosurgery ImmunoOncology Laboratory (PNIO), under the direction of Gary Kohanbash, PhD, seeks to develop novel immuno-oncology approaches to treat deadly pediatric central nervous system tumors.

Sen Brain Trauma Laboratory

The focus of the Sen Brain Trauma Laboratory, directed by Nilkantha Sen, PhD, is to elucidate the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for numerous secondary mechanisms associated with traumatic brain injury.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Lab

The Spinal Cord Stimulation Laboratory, under the direction of Marco Capogrosso, PhD, studies the interactions between electrical stimulation and the dynamics of spinal circuits.

Surgical Neuroanatomy Lab

The Surgical Neuroanatomy Lab (SNL), under the direction of Paul Gardner, MD, has a dual educational and research role aiming to improve surgical techniques and outcomes by mastering knowledge of relevant surgical neuroanatomy.