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
Megan Wong, research assistant/technician
Neranjan de Silva, research assistant/technician

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

Vice Chair and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery


~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

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

Hongtao Ma, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience Research in Neurological Surgery
Mingrui Zhao, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Neuroscience Research in Neurological Surgery  
James Niemeyer, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate
Fan Yang, Visiting graduate research assistant
Jing Li, MD, Visiting graduate research assistant

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


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