Meet Our People: 

The Center for Paralysis Research (CPR) is a component of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. The administrative structure of CPR is that of a university department. CPR possesses its own independent budget from the State of Indiana in addition to corporate support, endowments, state and federal grants. Though CPR is a department with its own head (Center Director Riyi Shi), it cannot confer graduate degrees as an academic department can. Therefore, CPR faculty hold academic positions in other academic departments, primarily the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. CPR is a family of professionals dedicated to the core mission.

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Riyi Shi, MD, PhD

Director of Center for Paralysis Research, Mari Hulman George Endowed Professor of Applied Neuroscience, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Regeneration of the spinal cord, traumatic brain injury, biomechanics of nerve injury in traumatic and blast injury, acrolein mediated cell damage, mechanisms and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases


Brad Duerstock

Brad Duerstock, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Assistive technology, machine learning, rehabilitation, virtual reality systems

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Richard Rodgers, MD, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Group

Member
Title: Neurosurgeon
Education: BS, biology, with distinction, Indiana University; MD, Indiana University School of Medicine; residency, IU School of Medicine
Fellowship: Harvey Cushing Clinical Fellow
Research Interests: clinical expertise in complex spinal surgery, as well as neurotrauma including traumatic brain injury and spine/spinal cord trauma. His clinical and laboratory research focus is on traumatic brain injury.

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Antoine Jerusalem, PhD, Oxford University

Member 
Title: Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Education: BS, aeronautics and aerospace, engineering, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace; MS, aeronautics and astronautics, MIT; PhD, computational mechanics and materials, MIT
Fellowship: Fellow at St. Hugh's College
Research Interests: computational modeling of various materials and structures with a focus on the multiphysics of neurons and the brain, applications in ultrasound neuromodulation, and TBI.
Link to website: Oxford University


 Post-doc and Graduate Students

Bhavani Gopalakrishnan

Bhavani Gopalakrishnan
PhD Student

Edmond Rogers

Edmond Rogers
PhD Student

Seth Herr

Seth Herr
PhD Student

Jonathan Tang

Jonathan Tang
PhD Student

Joe Fernandez

Joseph Fernandez
PhD Student

Brock Beauclair

Brock Beauclair
PhD Student

Siyuan Sun

Siyuan Sun
PhD Student

Zaiyang 'Sunny' Zhang

Zaiyang "Sunny" Zhang
PhD Student

Anna Alford

Anna Alford
PhD Student

Shruthi Suresh

Shruthi Suresh
PhD Student

Ana Kirby

Ana Kirby
Master's Student

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