Stuart Friess, M.D.

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 M.D. Ph.D., and their two children.

Marta Celorrio, Ph.D.

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 University of Madras, India with a Masters (MS) in Zoology. Before moving to Washington University, she was 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 neuroprotective efficacy of minocycline, as well as changes in gene expression following secondary insults.

Brian Jwa

Brian is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Biology on the Neuroscience track, with a potential minor in Computer Science. A research assistant in the Friess Lab, his research works with nicotinamide mononucleotide as a potential neuroprotective agent in mouse models with delayed hypoxemia from TBI. He plans to continue work in the lab through to graduation and hopes to find similar research in medical school. Outside of lab and schoolwork, Brian likes to spend time with friends, eat out at as many restaurants as humanly possible, play guitar, sing, dance, and play soccer.

Sophia Xiao

Sophia is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis who is planning on majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and minoring in French. She joined the Friess lab in the fall of 2018 and has been aiding in rodent fear conditioning behavior and analysis and tissue preparation to test the effects of neuroprotective therapeutics following delayed hypoxemia. She plans on continuing this research throughout her time as an undergraduate and would be interested in performing similar research while pursuing a medical degree in the future.

Lab Alumni

Trey Rhodes

Trey was a research technician in the Friess lab for the past 2 years after graduating from Washington University with a BS in Neurobiology in May 2017. Trey was integral in developing our long-term behavior assessments as well as the introduction of restraint stress in our model. Trey is off to medical school at the University of Colorado in August!

McKenzie Davies

McKenzie was a research technician in the Friess lab in 2016-2017. Her work included investigating the long-term sequelae of secondary hypoxemia after TBI. She is currently a law student at the University of Alabama.

Alan Makedon

As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis studying Genomics and Computational Biology,. Alan focused his work on the efficacy of nicotinamide as a neuroprotective agent in neuronal and axonal mouse models with delayed hypoxemia following TBI. After graduating from WashU this spring, Alan is off to do more research in Syracuse before eventually attending medical school.

Umang Parikh

As an undergraduate at Washington University studying Genomics and Computational Biology, with a minor in Finance, Uma was integral to the development of our model of delayed hypoxema following controlled cortical impact. She is currently a medical student at Baylor.

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