Neuroscience Research Physicians

Russell Sanchez, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Acting Director of the Division of Translational Neuroscience Research, Neuroscience Institute at Scott & White

Education

  • PhD, Neural Science, New York University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Dr. Sanchez has established an active research program in the study of neurologic consequences of neonatal hypoxic encephalopathy and early life seizures. His published and continuing research has been funded by the Epilepsy Foundation of America, American Heart Association and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He also has served in a scientific advisory capacity for the Epilepsy Foundation and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and on numerous professional committees for the American Epilepsy Society and NINDS.

 

James Heida, PhD


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience Institute at Scott & White
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • BS, Behavioral Neuroscience, Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

Dr. Heida's research interests include seizures and epilepsy, specifically pediatric seizures and their effects on development and future seizures. Other areas of interest include neuro-inflammation, neurophysiology, neurodegeneration, and neurological disorders and diseases.

Lee Shapiro, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, at Texas A&M College of Medicine and the Neuroscience Institute at Scott & White

Education

  • PhD, Neuroscience, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • MA, Biopsychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA, Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Research Interests

Dr. Shapiro has established an active research career examining neuroplastic changes in several disease models such as Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease and Epilepsy. Most recently, Dr. Shapiro has been involved in elucidating the migration and differentiation of endogenous stem cells in adult brains and how they contribute to aberrant circuitry in epilepsy. His accomplishments have been recognized by several organizations where he has given invited talks on his recently published article at numerous international meetings.

Kun Zhang, PhD


Assistant Research Scientist, Neuroscience Institute at Scott & White
Assistant REsearch Scienctist, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Education

  • PhD, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha
  • Medical degree, Tianjin Medical University in Tianjin, China

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang's areas of interest include characterizing and understanding alterations of the neural circuitries in the brain and the impacts of these changes on development of epilepsy using electrophysiology techniques.

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