Current Fellows

Matthew Hogan, PhD, 2018, NeuralCODR Fellow
Matt Hogan’s research focus is on semi-high throughput methods for optogenetic interrogation of neurons. He hopes to elucidate the role, if any, of neurons in spinal regeneration. Prior to joining the Horner lab, Hogan completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Houston under the mentorship of Ravi K Birla, PhD. He participated in the development of multiple engineered cardiac tissue models including heart muscle, ventricle and whole heart models. He also deployed several novel bioreactors for the conditioning and maintenance of in vitro tissue mimetic cultures. Hogan enjoys woodworking, guitar, coding, cooking and sports. Most weekends he is tinkering in his workshop at home or being forcibly cultured by his more sophisticated significant other.

Caroline Cvetkovic, PhD, 2020, NeuralCODR Fellow
Caroline Cvetkovic earned her PhD in bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral work was focused on building engineered cellular systems with the ability to sense and process information, respond to external stimuli, and produce force. Her research integrated neuromuscular tissue engineering, 3D printing, bio-robotics, and biomaterials, and she contributed to the first demonstrations of bio-inspired machines powered by electrically and optogenetically stimulated skeletal muscle. In the Krencik Lab, she is developing human stem-cell derived 3D neuronal tissue cultures that can be used to study various aspects of development and degeneration, while determining their potential for regenerative clinical therapies. Cvetkovic enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, going to museums, and finding new coffee shops.


Betsy Salazar, PhD, 2020, NeuralCODR Fellow

More information about our newest Fellow, Betsy, coming soon!


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