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I received my B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University and then moved to Texas to pursue my doctorate. My dissertation research was in the area of lymph fluid mechanics, specifically investigating lymph flow and lymphatic contractile function under normal and edemagenic conditions in rats, as well as developing computational models to describe the physiologic behavior of lymphatic vessels. Upon receiving my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, I joined CeTIR Department of Surgery as a postdoc, under the guidance of Dr. Charles Wade, to evaluate endothelium permeability and fluid transport during hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation periods.

Ellie Rahbar, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Translational Injury Research

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Jose Fernandez Leon, DPhil & Dr.Sc.Comp

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

2012-13 Vice Chairman

My ‘life in Science’ is in the context of Computational Neuroscience and Adaptive Systems research. I have a D.Phil. (2010) from the University of Sussex (UK) and a Dr.Sc. (2009) from the UNCPBA University (Argentina). Currently, I am investigating how cognitive actions are affected by visual information in awake, free behaving monkeys to understand some mechanisms associated to robust neural dynamics for short-term memory and the way the brain encodes visual information.


Michelle Swick, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

2012-13 Chairwoman

I received my B.S. in Biology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2004. After that, I came to Houston, TX to earn my Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. My dissertation work investigated mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative organisms. As a post-doc, I study molecular microbial pathogenesis of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax disease, under the direction and mentorship of Theresa M. Koehler. In my spare time, I love to cook and bake, I practice yoga, and have taken Two-Step and West Coast Swing lessons. Recently, I have resurrected my love for music and dance by getting involved with The Stage Door Inc., Center for the Performing Arts and Education in Pasadena, TX.


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Danielle Martinez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Amir Alimi, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

UT Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders


Binod Shrestha, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Translational Injury Research


I am a graduate of the University of Houston and recent graduate of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Baylor College of Medicine.  I am currently a postdoc in Ann-Bin Shyu’s lab in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department, where I am focused on understanding the mechanisms regulating post-transcriptional gene expression.

After graduation from Medical school in Tehran, Iran in 2006 and working in different hospitals and clinics for four years, I decided to pursue my career in the field of psychiatry.  So I moved to Houston to work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders at UT Department of Psychiatry under the supervision of Professor Soares. Currently, I am working on brain imaging of bipolar patients with alcohol comorbidity and correlation between TCI dimensions and specific regional brain volumes. My ultimate goal is to be accepted into the psychiatry residency program to practice as a research-oriented psychiatrist.

I am a clinical post-doctoral fellow, with Dr. John Holcomb’s team in the CeTIR. After graduating medical school from Tribhuvan University-Nepal, my interest in clinical surgical research brought me in contact with our group. I have been in this position for about a year. As trauma is the leading cause of mortality in the younger population and the most common cause of productive life years lost, our group strives to improve the pre-hospital as well as hospital care of both civilian as well as military trauma patients. We are focused on developing trauma resuscitation practices as well as improving the current standard of care for critically ill patients.