Neurodegeneration in Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury

a man leans over a metal rehabilitation machine.

This project investigates various neurotherapeutics for blast-induced traumatic brain injury.

Project description

Blast-induced traumatic brain injury, also known as shell shock or blast concussion, results in a variety of symptoms which often overlap with post-traumatic stress disorder. Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at UB focuses on investigating the mechanism of vestibular and auditory neurodegeneration following blast overpressure of various impact levels and repetitions in pre-clinical animal models. You will have an opportunity to probe the mechanism of neurodegeneration in experimental animal models using any of the tools of molecular biology, histology or cell culture techniques.

Project outcome

The pathomechanism underlying neurological sequelae of blast induced traumatic brain injury will be identified. Further, therapeutic target will be identified and validated to develop a pharmacologic approach for bTBI.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors with ability to work independently and read related work

Core partners

  • Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at UB
  • Prof. Robert Burkand
  • Dr. Supriya Mahajan

Project mentor

Vijaya Prakash Krishnan Murthaiah

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Sciences

633 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6290


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Preparation activities

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Rehabilitation Sciences