Currently the program is comprised of five collaborating laboratories, each headed by a faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, professor, Department of Child Health

  • Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program; senior research scientist, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and health scientist, Phoenix VA Healthcare System.
  • Ongoing research projects include:
    • Cognitive rehabilitation.
    • Central and peripheral inflammation.
  • Techniques include:
    • Neurological testing.
    • In vivo imaging (2-photon, miniscopes).
    • Quantitative histology.
    • Protein quantification.
  • Publications on PubMed.

Theresa Currier Thomas, PhD​, associate professor, Department of Child Health

  • Research scientist, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and health scientist, Phoenix VA Healthcare System.
  • Ongoing research projects include:
    • Assessment of behaviorally relevant circuit function after TBI.
    • Time course of maladaptive circuit reorganization after TBI.
    • TBI-induced chronic neuroendocrine dysregulation and sex differences.
    • Rehabilitation and pharmacological therapeutic approaches for minimizing chronic TBI symptoms.
  • Techniques include:
    • Amperometry/Electrochemistry.
    • Protein and RNA Quantification.
    • Quantitative histology/Microscopy.
    • Neurological testing.
  • Publications on PubMed.

​Murtaza Akhter, MD, assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

​F. Anthony Willyerd, MD, assistant professor, Department of Child Health