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.
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
Research Interests: Assistive technology, machine learning, rehabilitation, virtual reality systems
Richard Rodgers, MD, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Group
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.
Antoine Jerusalem, PhD, Oxford University
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.
Post-doc and Graduate Students
Zaiyang "Sunny" Zhang