PopovichMcTigueImageRTFOur mission is to improve the lives of individuals living with traumatic injuries to the spinal cord or brain through collaborative innovation in research, rehabilitation and clinical care.

We are committed to developing better treatments for brain and spinal cord injuries. We value a multidisciplinary and interactive culture dedicated to our common goals:

  • To improve understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and endogenous repair of the central nervous system
  • To identify novel targets and promising clinical therapies for individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries
  • To develop and improve rehabilitation strategies to maximize recovery and quality of life
  • To improve personalized care through identification of biomarkers for differentiation and diagnosis of neurological disorders and their effective treatment
  • The CBSCR is not a patient care facility. We are primarily a pre-clinical research center that strives for novel discoveries that will improve the lives of people who suffer a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

CBSCR Research Teams are working together to improve our understanding of the biology of brain and spinal cord injury and to develop new and effective treatments to promote recovery and improve quality of life.

Through cutting-edge research, our faculty and staff are advancing the field of neurotrauma in three key areas:

  • Neuroprotection
  • Neuroregeneration and Plasticity
  • Neurorehabilitation
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Our Team

At the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, our multidisciplinary team collaborates to translate discoveries into life-changing treatments.

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Current Projects

Current Projects

Our Leaders


Dana McTigue, PhD

Professor, Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair

Dana McTigue, PhD is a professor and vice chair of Research in the Department of Neuroscience and in the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair. Her laboratory studies spinal cord injury and recovery of function, gliogenesis, adult progenitor cell function and remyelination of the CNS.

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Phillip Popovich, PhD

Director, Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair

Phillip Popovich, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience. His laboratory is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to studying the complexities of CNS injury, inflammation and tissue repair.


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Our Researchers


Michele Basso, PD, EdD

Associate Director, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Jonathan Godbout, PhD

Assistant Director for Basic Science, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research; Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Godbout is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also appointed in the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair. 


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Jessica Lerch, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

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Yingjie Shen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience


Zachary Weil, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience


Andrea Tedeschi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Asimina Kiourti, PhD

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Jan Schwab, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience

Liz Kirby, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience


Olga Kokiko-Cochran, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Yune Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Zeynep Saygin, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Our Location

695 Biomedical Research Tower
460 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-8576
Fax: 614-688-5463

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