Stuart Friess, MD

Principal Investigator

Stu grew up in Long Island, before studying biomedical engineering at Brown University. He completed medical school, pediatric residency and chief residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. He then completed fellowship training in critical care medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was on faculty for 6 years at CHOP/UPENN before moving to Washington University in 2012. His outside interests when not carting his kids around to their sporting events include cooking, basketball, softball, and following NY sports teams. He lives with his wife, Stacey Rentschler MD PhD, and their two children.

Marta Celorrio

Marta is a postdoctoral research associate in the Dr. Stuart Friess. She graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from Universidad de Navarra, Spain in 2010. After that, she completed a Masters in Neuroscience in the same institution and continued her doctorate studies in Parkinson´s disease within the Neuroscience Area in the Center of Applied Medical Research in Pamplona, Spain until 2015. Her work includes focus in exploring the effects and mechanisms of secondary hypoxemia/brain hypoxia following traumatic brain injury (TBI) involving the murine platform that the Friess lab has developed and explores novel therapeutics for brain protection. In her free time she usually loves going to the cinema and going out for dinner with her friends in nice places and playing the guitar with her community church.

Sangeetha Vadivelu

Sangeetha is a research technician in the Friess lab. She graduated from AAA college, with a BS in Zoology, and from University of Madras, India with a Masters (MS) in Zoology. Before moving to Washington University, she was a research staff at Vanderbilt University Head & Neck cancer and Nephrology programs and spent last two years at the University of Missouri. Sangeetha’s research focuses on the role of matrix metalloproteinases in secondary brain hypoxia after TBI.

Trey Rhodes

Trey is a research technician in the Friess lab in the department of Pediatrics. He graduated from Washington University with a BS in Neurobiology in May 2017. During his undergraduate career, he participated in other neuroscience research projects- particularly one involving pediatric strokes and another on pediatric mental illness. Trey is working on testing candidate therapeutics for neuroprotection following delayed hypoxemia. Long term, Trey intends on pursuing a medical degree and hopefully working in pediatric neurology both in a clinical and research setting.

Alan Makedon

Alan is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying Genomics and Computational Biology, with a potential minor in Computer Science. Alan's research focuses on the efficacy of nicotinamide as a neuroprotective agent in neuronal and axonal mouse models with delayed hypoxemia following TBI. He plans to continue this research throughout his remaining years as an undergraduate and hopes to conduct similar research in medical school.

Former lab members

McKenzie Davies

McKenzie is a research technician in the Friess lab. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a BS in general biology in May 2016. Her work includes using histological staining methods to study the effects of delayed hypoxia on white matter injury following traumatic brain injury in a mouse model. She will be pursuing her JD beginning in the fall of 2017.

Umang Parikh

Uma is a senior at Washington University studying Genomics and Computational Biology, with a minor in Finance. Her research focuses primarily on 2 topics: the effects of therapeutics on axonal injury in the white matter of mouse models of TBI and secondary hypoxia, and assessing whether there are sex dependent differences after TBI and hypoxia. She hopes to continue pursuing these research questions wherever she ends up for medical school next fall.

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