Research Faculty and Staff

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The Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center is committed to research as a critical part of our mission. Our research faculty and staff include:

~ Molecular Biology Research Lab Team ~
Michael Kaplitt, MD, PhD
Michael G. Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research

Roberta Marongiu, PhD., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Mihaela A. Stavarache, MD, research associate
Andrea Zanello, research assistant/technician
Leandra Velazquez, research assistant/technician
Julie Barbera, research assistant/technician
Jingjing Wang, graduate assistant exchange student

~Pediatric Neuro-oncology Laboratory Research Team~
Dr. Mark Souweidane
Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.

Vice Chair and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Uday Maachani, Ph.D., Instructor of Biochemistry in Neurological Surgery

~Biological Spine Tissue Research Team~
Dr. Roger Hartl
Roger Härtl, M.D.
Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma

Sertac Kirnaz, M.D.
Franziska Schmidt, MD
Christoph Wipplinger, M.D.

~Epilepsy Research Laboratory Team~
Theodore Schwartz MD
Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D.
Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery

Hongtao Ma, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in Neurological Surgery
Mingrui Zhao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in Neurological Surgery
Poornima Gadamsetty, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate
Eliza Baird-Daniel, Research Assistant

~Pediatric Neuro-oncology Laboratory Team~
Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield
Jeffrey Greenfield, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Prajwal Rajappa, M.D., Pediatric Brain Tumor Fellow

~ Surgical Innovations Laboratory Team ~
Antonio Bernardo,MD
Antonio Bernardo, M.D.
Surgical Innovations Laboratory
Alexander Evins, research fellow