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Lab Members

Dr. Ngwenya - Dr. Ngwenya is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Cincinnati. She is also the Director of the Neurotrauma Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Ngwenya earned her joint MD, PhD degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Her graduate thesis defined the generation and maturation process of adult born neurons in the hippocampal dentate gyrus of young and aging rhesus monkeys. She then underwent training in Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her research efforts during residency demonstrated that the process of new neuron generation is abnormal after a rodent model of traumatic brain injury. After completion of residency, she worked as a Clinical Instructor at the University of California San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital while obtaining fellowship training in Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care. Dr. Ngwenya joined University of Cincinnati in 2016 as an academic neurosurgeon who specializes in neurotrauma, and also treats patients with general neurosurgery conditions. She is actively engaged in clinical trials and translational research. Her neurotrauma laboratory focuses on mechanisms underlying poor cognitive recovery, with an emphasis on adult neurogenesis, and an ultimate goal of improving outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury. She is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 3 active clinical trials and is co-founder and a member of the executive leadership of the Collaborative for Research on Acute Neurological Injuries (CRANI). Dr. Ngwenya’s laboratory research has been recently supported by UCGNI Neurobiology Research Center Pilot Grant and the Local Initiative for Excellence Foundation Grant.

Dr. McGuire - Dr. McGuire is a Research Instructor with the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. McGuire earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Developmental Biology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. McGuire’s dissertation examined the role of Neuropeptide Y as a resilience factor in a rodent model of posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. McGuire joined the Henry Jackson foundation as a postdoctoral fellow based in the department of Psychiatry and the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. There, she investigated the genetic components of fearfulness and fear behavior and began studies into glutamate metabolism and the cognitive effects of TBI in a rodent cortical impact model of TBI. Dr. McGuire returned to the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences as a postdoctoral fellow to continue her work on glutamate metabolism in chronic TBI. Dr McGuire joined the faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery in 2017 and is continuing her work on metabolic dysregulation after TBI in both hyper-acute and chronic models of brain injury with the ultimate goal of expanding both treatment options and the treatment window for chronic cognitive and behavioral symptoms after TBI. Dr. McGuire’s research receives support from a College of Medicine Research Innovation Pilot Grant.

Judy Bohnert – Judy has worked as a Vet Tech/Manager for 10 years and has been involved in animal research and husbandry for the past 20 years. She has an Associate Degree in Science and brings her expertise in animal care to the neurotrauma laboratory. Outside of work she enjoys camping, boating, riding her motorcycle, off-roading in her rail buggy, and spending time with her 2 dogs and Green Wing Macaw.

Erika Correll - Erika is a Research Assistant who joined the Neurotrauma Laboratory in January 2017 following the completion of her undergraduate degree at Smith College. She anticipates attending graduate school to pursue a PhD in neuroscience with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of the serotonin system and filtering/gating processes.

Benjamin Ramser - Benjamin Ramser is a medical student at the University of Cincinnati that received a MSSRP award to work in the Neurotrauma Laboratory in the summer of 2018. His project is determining the differential protein expression in the dentate gyrus after traumatic brain injury.

Alexandra Lowery - Alexandra Lowery is an undergraduate student that works under the mentorship of Dr. McGuire as part of the Women in Science and Engineering program. She began in the laboratory in the summer of 2018 and plans to continue her research project throughout the academic year.

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Lab Members