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Lab Group

Pamela J. VandeVord, Principal Investigator

Pamela J VandeVord

N. Waldo Harrison Professor

Biomedical Engineering Program Chair

Wayne State University: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2002
Wayne State University: M.S., Biomedical Sciences, 1996
Michigan State University: B.S., Physiology, 1992

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Nanobioengineering
  • Neuroengineering
  • Cell Injury Models

Research Interests
My brain injury research and educational platforms focus on the complex mechanisms of injury to the brain, with a thrust to understand the persistent neurobehavioral and neuropathological consequences of this traumatic event. For the past 15 years, I have been studying the fundamental questions concerning the mode of energy transfer to the brain during traumatic injuries as well as the consequent damage or disruptive mechanisms at the cellular and molecular levels.

My group investigates the molecular changes that occur within cells and their environment which lead to dysfunction. Our lab strives to use ‘condition-appropriate’ injury devices that mimic the injury being investigated. Correlation of the injury event to the temporal effects seen at the cellular level can only be accurate when the mode of injury is realistic to human conditions. Our work strives to provide mechanistic insight for outcomes such as elevated anxiety, cognitive deficits, and fear triggered by the traumatic event.

Collectively, these efforts will help the community understand how the brain becomes injured from traumatic events, and we work to provide a platform to design novel strategies to protect against, as well as identify and treat the injury, and alleviate the negative behavioral outcomes.

TNT Lab Members

Fernanda Guilhaume Correa

Fernanda Guilhaume Correa,  Graduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Blast-induced neurotrauma, post-traumatic epilepsy, mitrochondria, epigenetics

Michelle Dickerson

Michelle Dickerson, Graduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: Blast-induced neurotrauma, neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration, drug delivery

Shaylen Greenberg

Shaylen Greenberg, Graduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Blood-brain barrier and cerebral vascular dysfunction, neurotrauma

Allie Guettler

Allie Guettler, Graduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Blast biomechanics, brain injury, injury biomechanics

Elizabeth McNeil

Elizabeth McNeil, Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury biomechanics, blunt traumatic brain injury, blast-induced neurotrauma, automotive saftey and occupant protection

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy, Research Scientist and Lab Manager
Research Interests: Blast induced neurotrauma 
Past Research: Pre-clinical experimental therapeutics for glioblastoma

Allie Nelson

Alli Nelson, Graduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Blast-induced neurotrauma, injury biomechanics, large-scale models 

Carly Norris

Carly Norris, Graduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: NeuroImaging, traumatic brain injury, MRI, mathematical modeling

Zakar White

Zakar White, Undergraduate Research Assistant 
Research Interests: Mathematical biology, immunohistochemistry, behavioral analysis