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Personnel

Jeffrey R. Capadona, Ph.D.                    
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
 
Education
Postdoctoral Fellow: L. Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. Chemistry and Biochemistry: Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemistry: Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN
 
Bio: Dr. Capadona joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2010. His research interest can be found throughout this website.  His personal interests include spending time with family, salt water reef aquariums, and baseball.
 


Evon Ereifej, PhD
 
Education
Postdoctoral Fellow: Virginia Tech Center for Injury Biomechanics in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering: Wayne State UniversityM.S. Biomedical Engineering: Wayne State UniversityB.S. Biological Sciences: Wayne State University 
 
Joined:
May 2014 
 
Projects:
  1. Resveratrol Prevents Microelectrode Mediated Neurodegeneration
  2. Therapeutic and Topographical Approaches for Improved Neural Electrode Biocompatibility
  3. Investigation of Oxidative Stress and Neuroinflammatory Molecular Mechanisms following Intracortical Microelectrode Device Implantation

Bio: Evon joined Dr. Capadona’s lab as a postdoc in May 2014 in order to pursue her research interests of improving the long-term stability and reliability of neural electrodes.  Evon works as a Biomedical Engineer at the VA Medical Center.  She plans to continue a career studying diseases, injuries, and disorders of the nervous systems in order to find therapeutic and medical device treatments to aid in the wellbeing and longevity of patients’ lives.  Her personal interests include visiting Michigan, spending time with family and friends, shopping and yoga.   

Email: ese24@case.edu


Andrew Shoffstall, PhD                                                             
                                                                                   

 
Education 
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
B.S. Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University (Minor in BME)
Joined                                      
September 2015
 
Project
Understanding the Role of Device Stiffness/Compliance in the Neuroinflammatory Response

Bio: Andrew’s interests are at the union of biomaterials and neural engineering. During his PhD, he researched synthetic platelets to halt bleeding after trauma, with a particular interest in their application after spinal cord injury to reduce the secondary inflammatory cascade which may account for as much as one-third of the total injury. He joined the Capadona lab after spending two years as a healthcare strategy consultant in Boston and seeks to apply his experience to the translational research of neural interfacing materials. In his spare time, he enjoys “tinkering” with home repairs, home-brewing as well as spending time with his wife and growing family of two children, two dogs, and a cat.

Email:
ajs215@case.edu

 


John Hermann 
Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering
 
Education
B.S.E. Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
 
Joined 
June 2012
 
Projects 
Toll-like Receptors and the Foreign Body Response to Cortical Implants

Bio: TBD

Email
Jkh22@case.edu

Hillary Bedell  
Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering
 
Education
BS Biology Allegheny College, MS Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
 
Joined 
July 2014

Project: Establishing the Role of Microglia versus Macrophage-Mediated Neurodegeneration at the Cortical Tissue-Electrode Interface

Bio: TBD

Email:
hwb20@case.edu

Griffin Rial     

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

Education
B.S. English; Boston College
 
Joined
August 2015

Project(s) Anti-oxidative coatings for CNS devices
Bio: Griffin's research interests include using principles from cell biology and chemistry to improve the functionality and durability of neural interfaces. His current project focuses on the use of anti-oxidative, biomimetic coatings on intracortical microelectrodes. The coatings are designed to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the inflammatory response to both the implant and the surrounding tissue. This research could potentially lead to the use of these coatings in a variety of CNS devices including DBS electrodes and shunts. Griffin’s personal interests include spending time with his wife, traveling, and Cleveland sports.

Email: gxr116@case.edu 

 


Monika Goss                                                             
Biomedical Engineer                                                      
 
Education

B.S., M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
 
 
Joined
September 2015
 
Bio
Monika serves as the lab manager/technician in the Capadona Lab. Her work focuses on determining possible functional impairments caused by neural electrode implantation in the brain, and reduction of the impairments using anti-oxidative treatments. Her personal interests include running, cooking, and visiting new places.
 

Undergraduate Researchers:

Mr. Nishant Uppal, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2016 – Present

Mr. David Miller, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2016 – Present

Mr. Keith Dona, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2016 – Present

Ms. Emily Molinich, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Mr. Mitchell Willis, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Ms. Jennifer Paiz, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Mr. Andres Robert, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Ms. Xujia (Jessica) Li, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Ms. Keying (Cohli) Chen, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – Present

Mr. Jeremy Chang, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2015 – Present

Ms. Ashley Rein, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – Present

Mr. Seth Meade, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – Present

Ms. Cara Smith, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – Present

Mr. Shushen Lin, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2014 – Present

Mr. Frankie Wong, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2014 – Present

 

 

 

Capadona Lab, Summer 2015

Back Row: Shushen Lin, John Hermann, Jeremy Chang, Kyle Kovach, HIllary Bedell, Jeff Capadona, Bill Tomaszewski

Front Row: Ashley Rein, Sydney Song, Gigi, Protasiewicz, Cara Smith, Sanam Patel, Evon Ereifej, Jessica Nguyen, Priya Srvastava, and Sergej Stjepic

 

 

Capadona Lab, Fall 2012.
Front Row: John Skousen, Kelly Buchanan, Kelsey Potter, Amy Buck, Gabriella Chandra, Jessica Nguyen, Smrithi Sunil
Back Row: Kyler Kovach, John Hermann, Kyle Householder, Jeff Capadona, Dan Hageman, Madhu Ravikumar
(Not pictured; James Black, Bill Tomaszewski, Shruti Sudhakar, Megan Callanan)

  
Capadona Lab, Fall 2011.
Front Row: Wade Self, Jessica Nguyen, Kelsey Potter,
Amy Buck, Bharath Velagapudi
Back Row: Kyler Kovach, Jeff Capadona, Madhu
Ravikumar, Dan Hageman