African American Research Training Scholars Summer Research

In August of 2020, the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center launched the first year of its African American Research Training Scholars. This program provides 12 months of funding for 5 undergraduate students who identify as Black or African American to conduct neuroscience research in the laboratory of UK faculty member. 

The 5 outstanding students, their research topics and mentors are listed below:

Nolan Abdelsayed  – “Neuroinflammation as a Contributor to Secondary Brain Injury Following a Mild Closed Head Injury”  (Mentor: Adam Bachstetter)
Jordan Burdette – “Cellular Regeneration in the Injured Spinal Cord”  (Mentor: Warren Alilain)
Urim Geleta – “MicroRNA Regulation of Neuroinflammation Following TBI”
(Mentor: Joe Springer)
Alexa Halliburton – “Age and Social Enrichment as Determining Factors in SCI Recovery” (Mentor: John Gensel)
Bisimwa “Jack” Nzerhumana – “Mitochondrial Uncoupling Promotes Energy Metabolism Following TBI” (Mentor: Pat Sullivan)
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