Pelled Lab 2018

Galit Pelled, Ph.D.

Gait Pelled, PhDPrincipal Investigator

Associate Professor


I received my PhD in Neuroscience from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2004, I joined Dr. Alan Koretsky’s lab at NINDS/NIH as a postdoc fellow. In 2008, I joined Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. My research focuses on identifying cellular mechanisms that are activated post-injury and lead to rewiring of neuronal connections (i.e. plasticity). We use state-of-the-art functional MRI, extracellular and intracellular electrophysiology recordings and optical imaging to map plasticity. We develop novel strategies based on optogenetics, transcranial magnetic stimulation and other genetic-based manipulations to guide plasticity in order to maximize the functional outcome.

Vijai Krishnan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


I graduated with a PhD in Neurophysiology, where my research addressed novel synaptic modifications in retinal neurons. My area of training and expertise lie in applying molecular and electrophysiological techniques in probing neuronal function. In the Pelled lab, I am currently involved in studying the effects of spinal cord injury in altering plasticity mechanisms, using rodent models. I am also investigating the therapeutic role of non-invasive neuronal techniques in nerve injury.

Juliette Anne Brown, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

I graduated from MSU with a dual major Ph.D. in Pharmcology & Toxicology, and Environmental Toxicology.  My thesis focused on understanding how specific populations of neurons in the lateral hypothalamic area coordinate metabolic signals and motivated behaviors to control energy balance.  I recently joined the Pelled Lab where I will be exploring novel non-invasive approaches to managing epilepsy.

Institution Degree Field of Study
Saginaw Valley State Univeristy B.S. Biochemistry / Philosophy Minor
Michigan State University Ph.D Dual: Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Environmental Toxicology

Shengqiang Xu, Ph.D.

Postodoctoral Fellow

I completed my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology.  I was an exchange student in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Sheng Xiao, where he conducted work in the area of cancer biology.  I am interested in interdisciplinary and translational research. I am a research associate and my current work focuses on the deep understanding the structure and functions of the electromagnetic perceptive gene (EPG).

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Samuel Shin, M.D., Ph.D.

1376534326928Postdoctoral Fellow


I am a MD/PhD who trained at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Dr. C. Edward Dixon.  I initially started clinical training as a neurosurgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center until I realized that the field of neurology and basic science research is where I have my passion.  This lead to a change in clinical training program, and currently I am projected to undergo training as a neurology resident at Johns Hopkins.  My research interest is on the mechanisms of neural injury (specifically TBI) and various neuromodulation techniques to enhance recovery.  Clinically, my interest is on managing patients suffering from neurological injury in the critical care unit.  I plan is to pursue an academically oriented career that can combine both clinical and research interest.

Petra Telgkamp, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Institution Degree Field of Study

Peter Malinski, M.S.

Laboratory Manager

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Carolina Cywiak, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

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Alexander Farnum, B.A.

Ph.D. Student

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015. I worked alongside Dr. Pelled at Johns Hopkins University in the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders. We conducted clinical trials for the safety and efficacy of various pharmacological agents intended to counteract the debilitating effects of Duchenne and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies. I recently joined the Pelled Lab at Michigan State University as a graduate Ph.D. student, where my research investigates the impact of magnetic stimuli directly on behavioral responses.

Institution Degree Field of Study
University of Maryland, College Park B.A. Psychology

Lab Alumni

Sarah Park, Ph.D.: Postdoc fellow, 2012-2014

Yan Jouroukhin, Ph.D.: Postdoc fellow, 2012-2014

Ya Yang, Ph.D.: Postdoc fellow, 2012-2014

Tali Kobilo-Moav, Ph.D.: Postdoc fellow, 2013-2015

Mary Sorrell, Ph.D.: Postdoc fellow, 2014-2016

Nan Li, Ph.D.: Ph.D. student, 2008-2013

Yang Han: M.A. student, 2011-2012

John Downey: Undergraduate student, 2008-2011

Albert Mendoza: Summer student, 2014

William Stokes: Laboratory technician, 2015-2017

Anna Heeyun Schwarz: Undergraduate student, 2015-2017

Benjamin Thiesen: M.D. Student, 2015-2017