Ohio State CBI

Directory & Labs

Researchers at The Ohio State University are advancing how we understand and approach brain injury as a chronic condition. Even mild brain injuries can have persistent, long-term effects that impact our future health and wellness. Understanding, detecting, treating, and preventing these effects is essential to solving the silent epidemic of traumatic – or rather, chronic – brain injury. Click on the names of our faculty below to learn more about the researchers of Ohio State's Chronic Brain Injury Program.

Program Team

Associate Director

Kedar Hiremath, MBA, MPH

Project Manager

Julie Pissocra

Communications Assistant

Kaylah Pitts

Web Development Assistant

Skyla Floyd

Faculty Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Ruth M. Barrientos, PhD

Medical Director, TBI Rehabilitation Program
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Sheital Bavishi, DO

Division Director of Rehabilitation Psychology
Professor Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

Director, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
Emeritus Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

John Corrigan, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Emre Ertin, PhD

Faculty Director, Ohio State's Chronic Brain Injury Program

Jonathan Godbout, PhD

Interim Director, Division of Stroke and Neurocritical Care
Assistant Professor, Neurology

Yousef Hannawi, MD

Associate Professor, Psychology

Jasmeet Hayes, PhD

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Asimina Kiourti, PhD

Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD

Director, Rodent Behavior Core
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Olga "Niki" Kokiko-Cochran, PhD

Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Jinghua Li, PhD

Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care
Associate Professor, Nursing

Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Promotion

Julianna Nemeth, PhD

Director, Center for Brain & Spinal Cord Repair, Executive Director, Belford Center for Spinal Cord
Professor and Chair, Neuroscience

Phillip Popovich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Catherine Quatman-Yates, DPT, PhD

William E. Hunt, MD & Charlotte M. Curtis Chair in Neuroscience
Professor, Neurology

Jan Schwab, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Andrea Tedeschi, PhD

Principal Investigator, Center for Injury Research & Policy - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor, Pediatrics & Epidemiology

Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH

Translational Neurotrauma Labs

College of Medicine Chronic pain, cancer-brain interaction, cortical interneurons, neuronal diversity, plasticity

Hiroki Taniguchi, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, cellmolecular biology, memory, neurodegeneration, neuroinflamation, plasticity, stress

Ruth M. Barrientos, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, cell molecular biology, imaging, cognitive impairment, neurodegeneration

Harry Fu, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, memory, neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation

Jie Gao, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Memory, animal models, stem cell biology

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, cell/molecular biology, memory cognitive impairment, neurodegeneration

Olga "Niki" Kokiko-Cochran, PhD

College of Medicine Neural circuits, plasticity/regeneration, cellular/molecular biology, motor function, iPSCs

Giles Plant, PhD

College of Medicine Neurotrauma, axonal repair, neural plasticity

Andrea Tedeschi, PhD

College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Cole Vonder Haar, PhD

College of Medicine TBI, biomarkers, cognition, neurodegeneration, stress, PTSD, substance use, psychometrics, mood

Darrin Aase, PhD, ABPP

College of Medicine Neurodegeneration, axonal/glial bioenergetics, biomarkers, aging

Elisabetta Babetto, PhD, MSc

College of Medicine Associate Director & Director of Research, School of Health and Rehab Sciences
Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Michele Basso, Ed.D., PT

College of Medicine Neurodegeneration, axonal/glial bioenergetics, aging

Bogdan Beirowski, MD, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Adolescence, chronic stress, rodent models, memory, cognitive impairment, mood disorders

Laurence Coutellier, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, memory, neurodegeneration, neuroimmunology, TBI, stress

Jonathan Godbout, PhD

College of Medicine Biomechanics, imaging, neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, cell/molecular biology

Chen Gu, PhD

College of Medicine Synaptic plasticity, patch-clamp electrophysiology, chronic cognitive dysfunction, TBI

Paco Herson, PhD

College of Medicine Development, neurodegeneration, stem cells, TBI, organoids

Mark Hester, PhD

College of Pharmacy Pharmacology, neurodegeneration, cellular mechanisms

Kari Hoyt, PhD

College of Medicine Mental health, mood disorders, autonomic nervous system

Jacek Kolacz, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Biomarkers, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, stress, neural circuits, sex differences

Kathryn Lenz, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Neuroinflammation, stress, hormones, sex differences, behavioral neuroscience

Benedetta Leuner, PhD

College of Medicine Neurodegeneration, glutamate transporters, Alzheimer's

Glenn Lin, PhD

College of Medicine TBI, memory, decision-making, cognitive dysfunction, behavioral rehabilitation

Kris Martens, PhD

College of Nursing Chronic wound healing, dementia, aging, nutrition, stress

Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN

College of Medicine Mechanisms associated Ion channels, transporters, receptors & signaling proteins

Peter Mohler, PhD

College of Veterinary Medicine Animal models, CNS injury, neuropathic pain

Sarah Moore, DVM, ACVIM

College of Medicine Neuroimaging, biomarkers, social cognition, adolescence, puberty, development, behavior

Eric Nelson, PhD

College of Medicine Neuronal signaling, biological rhythms, neurological disorders

Karl Obrietan, PhD

College of Medicine CNS development, neoplastic disorders, stem cells

Jose Otero, MD, PhD

College of Medicine Peripheral nervous system injury, chromatin biology, axonal plasticity, aging, molecular biology

Ilaria Palmisano, PhD

College of Medicine Stroke, clinical care/trials, microRNA , CSF, surgical interventions, imaging, blood vessels

Ciaran Powers, MD, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Neuroplasticity, aging, mindfulness, functional neuroimaging

Ruchika Prakash, PhD

College of Medicine Biomarkers, epidemiology, exercise, neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation,

Andrew Sas, MD, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences College of Dentistry Neuroinflammation, cell signaling, immunity, stress, neuromodulation, gene expression, tissue damage

John Sheridan, PhD, MS

College of Medicine Cell/molecular biology, neural circuits, plasticity/regeneration, myelination

Wenjing Sun, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, cell/molecular biology, memory cognitive impairment, neuroal circuits, plasticity

Min Zhou, MD, PhD

Treatment & Prevention Labs

College of Medicine Spinal cord injury, TBI, neuroimmunology

Jan Schwab, MD, PhD

College of Medicine Rehabilitation, brain injury, disorders of consciousness, virtual reality

Sheital Bavishi, DO

College of Medicine Data analysis/management, TBI rehab, neuropsychology, comparative effectiveness

Cynthia Beaulieu, PhD

College of Education and Human Ecology Evaluating rules that relate to TBI in ice hockey, health economics, NHL

Michael Betz, PhD

College of Medicine TBI Model System, rehabilitation, randomized trials, propensity score analysis

Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ABPP, FACRM

College of Medicine Biomechanics, mechanisms of injury

John Bolte, PhD

College of Medicine Cognitive correlates, TBI, neurodegeneration

Laura Boxley, PhD, ABPP-CN

College of Medicine Mood disorders, clinical care, psychometrics, stress, suicide, trauma, and PTSD

Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

College of Medicine Neurophysiology, motor control, biomechanics

John Buford, PhD, PT

College of Optometry Aging, clinical trials, functional imaging, neurodegeneration, structural imaging, TBI

Stacey Choi, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics

Christine Cucinotta, PhD

College of Medicine Epilepsy, biomarker, drug discovery, neural circuits, TBI, concussion

Bin Gu, PhD

College of Optometry Traumatic brain injury, photophobia, pupillometry

Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD

College of Medicine Biomechanics, clinical care/trials, rehab, exercise, movement disorders, pediatrics

Jill Heathcock, MPT, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Cognitive behavioral rehabilitation, imaging, mood disorders, pediatrics

Kristin Hoskinson, PhD

College of Social Work Aging, adult development, gerontology

Shannon Jarrott, PhD

College of Optometry Concussion, vision impairment, clinical trials, epidemiology, data analysis

Lisa Jordan, PhD

College of Medicine Stroke, dementia, interventions, occupational therapy, physical rehabilitation

Lisa Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

College of Medicine Aging, Alzheimer's, cognitive impairment, dementia, exercise, fine arts, game-based therapies

Deb Kegelmeyer, DPT

College of Medicine CBI, gene therapy, drug delivery/discovery

Megan Keiser, PhD

College of Medicine Aging, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, clinical trials, cognitive impairment, exercise, mood disorders

Anne Kloos, PT, PhD

College of Medicine Cognitive/behavioral rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, plasticity/regeneration, pediatrics

Christine Koterba, PhD

College of Medicine Constraint-induced therapy, stroke, rehabilitation

Deborah Larsen, PhD, PT

College of Medicine Drug delivery, tumor biology, neurosurgery

Russell Lonser, MD

College of Arts and Sciences TBI, rehabilitation, pediatrics, communication

Jennifer Lundine, PhD

College of Nursing Geriatrics, delirium, patient outcomes, robotics

Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN

College of Nursing Aging, Alzheimer's, cognitive impairment, dementia, functional imaging, neural circuits, pain

Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC, FNAP, FAAN

College of Medicine Neurotrauma, rehabilitation, patient outcomes

Jerry Mysiw, MD

College of Public Health Cognitive, behavioral rehabilitation, health disparities & stress, domestic violence

Julianna Nemeth, PhD

College of Medicine Spinal cord injury, neuroimmunology, regenerative medicine

Phillip Popovich, PhD

College of Medicine Pediatrics, sports, concussion, neurological conditions, cognitive effects

Sean C. Rose, MD

College of Arts and Sciences Aging, cognitive/behavioral rehabilitation, TBI, communication

Christina Roup, PhD

College of Medicine Gene therapy, CSF delivery, brain delivery devices, neurodegeneration, adeno-associated virus

Lluis Samaranch, PhD

College of Medicine Emergency Medicine, geriatrics, pain management

Lauren Southerland, MD

College of Nursing Geriatrics, cognitive dysfunction, rehabilitation

Judith Tate, PhD, RN

College of Medicine Cognitive/behavioral rehab, clinical care trials, imaging, memory, cognitive impairment

Hudson 'Gerry' Taylor, PhD

College of Medicine TBI, sports-related concussion, biomechanics, clinical care, exercise, physical rehabilitation

Bryant Walrod, MD. CAQ Sports Medicine

College of Public Health Concussion, children, sports-related TBI, policy

Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH

College of Medicine SCI, rehabilitation, nutrition, microbiome, metabolomics

Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD, PT

College of Optometry Cell/molecular biology, neurodegeneration, psychometrics, vision impairment

Phillip Yuhas, OD, PhD

Data & Detection Labs

College of Medicine Chronic brain injury, sport-related concussion, neurodegeneration, postural control, virtual reality

Jaclyn Caccese, PhD

College of Engineering Signal processing, wireless communication, biosensors

Emre Ertin, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Biomarkers, imaging, memory, metabolomics, mood disorders, neural circuits, neurodegeneration

Jasmeet Hayes, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences MRI, aging, cognitive impairment, memory, exercise

Scott Hayes, PhD

College of Engineering Wearable electronics, neural circuits, neuromodulation

Asimina Kiourti, PhD

College of Engineering Data analysis, imaging, machine learning, signal processing

Kiryung Lee, PhD

College of Engineering Biomarkers, biosensors/wearables, cognitive/behavioral rehab, neural circuits

Jinghua Li, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences TBI, neuroimaging, functional and structural connectivity

Zeynep Saygin, PhD

College of Public Health Epidemiology, health disparities, data analysis/management

Jeffrey Wing, PhD

College of Engineering Computational neuroscience, Alzheimer's, Biological and brain signal processing, memory, learning

Hojjat Adeli, PhD

College of Engineering Aging, Alzheimer's, biomarker discovery, nanotechnology, neurodegeneration, atomic force microscopy

Gunjan Agarwal, PhD

College of Optometry Biomarker discovery, functional imaging, structural imaging, TBI

Nathan Doble, PhD

College of Medicine TBI, dissemination & implementation science, cognitive/behavioral rehabilitation

Kathryn Hyzak, PhD, MSW

College of Engineering Microwave sensing, rough surface scattering

Joel Johnson, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences Data Analysis, imaging, neural circuits

Sebastian Kurtek, PhD

College of Medicine Computational biology, EEG, sleep, electrostimulation, TBI, neural circuits, pediatric

Paola Malerba, PhD

College of Engineering Artificial Intelligence (AI), data mining, machine learning, analytics, medical/health informatics

Xia Ning, PhD

College of Medicine TBI, physical rehabilitation, exercise, biomechanics

James Onate, PhD, AT, FNATA

College of Engineering Aging, animal models, biomarker discovery, ocular biomechanics, data analysis, device development

Matthew Reilly, PhD

College of Medicine Alzheimer's, dementia, and neuroimaging

Doug Scharre, MD