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  • Shailja

    Shailja

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiological Sciences Laboratory

    BioDr. Shailja is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Radiological Science Laboratory at Stanford. She recently completed her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research vision is to model healthcare data for precise diagnostics using AI and to integrate domain knowledge to "close the loop" between surgeons, physicians, and scientists. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on developing a principled approach to model the white matter pathways in the human brain to analyze the topology of brain connections. At the Radiological Science Laboratory, she will primarily focus on mapping MRI structural and functional connectivity imaging data with electrophysiological measurements in the same patients.

  • Carla Abdelnour

    Carla Abdelnour

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    BioOriginally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Carla Abdelnour received her medical degree at the Central University of Venezuela, and then completed her neurology residency training at the University Hospital Príncipe de Asturias in Madrid, Spain. She conducted her doctorate in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona working with Drs. Dag Aarsland, Javier Pagonabarraga and Jaime Kulisevsky. Her thesis focused on the influence of Alzheimer´s disease copathology in atrophy patterns, longitudinal cognitive decline, and heterogeneity of patients with dementia with Lewy bodies.
    Carla´s main interest is the study of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Lewy body disease. As a Sue Berghoff LBD Research Fellow, her plan is to investigate the impact of different comorbidities in the clinical presentation, cognitive profile, and disease progression of Lewy body disease. Additionally, she wants to study the biological underpinnings of prodromal Lewy body disease to identify potential biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis.

  • Julia Abitbol

    Julia Abitbol

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests are to identify genes that may enhance cochlear regeneration in an effort to treat patients with hearing loss.

  • Suman Acharya

    Suman Acharya

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Immunology and Rheumatology

    BioResearch focus: Immunology and Rheumatology, Immune metabolism

  • Fabiana Aellos

    Fabiana Aellos

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy background in implantology and periodontology, combined with my microsurgical skills, has allowed me to tackle complex oral surgeries and intricate procedures. These skills have been instrumental in advancing the field and, more importantly, in improving the outcomes and well-being of my patients.

    I've always believed in bridging the gap between fundamental research and its practical application in clinical settings. By amalgamating my clinical experiences with laboratory investigations, I've contributed to the development of surgical models that closely mimic human diseases and conditions. This approach enhances our understanding of how tissues respond to surgical interventions, paving the way for more effective treatments.

    My research into mucosal integration of percutaneous implants and the role of Wnt signaling in implant osseointegration seeks to optimize the interaction between implants and surrounding tissues. This improved integration not only bolsters the stability of dental implants but also ensures their long-term success, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for our patients. My involvement in regenerative medicine research is driven by a passion for developing innovative strategies for tissue repair and regeneration. This work has the potential to revolutionize how dental professionals address challenges such as bone defects and periodontal tissue loss, leading to better patient outcomes.

    One of my greatest joys is nurturing the next generation of dental professionals. Through my dedication to training and mentoring undergraduate and pre-dental students, I aim to equip them with advanced research and clinical skills. Fostering curiosity and empowering young minds to contribute to scientific advancements in dentistry is a responsibility I hold close to my heart.

    I'm grateful for the international grants and collaborations that support my work. These resources not only enable my research but also contribute to the broader progress of our research laboratory. Together, we pursue innovative projects that have the potential to impact dental care on a global scale.

    Recognizing the importance of effective communication, I've committed myself to enhancing my communication skills and engaging in professional development activities. Effective communication is key to translating research findings into clinical practice, influencing dental policies, and sharing knowledge within our professional community.

    As I gaze into the future, I envision a dentistry landscape where my work may lead to more advanced and efficacious dental treatments, refined surgical techniques, and enhanced patient care. In the challenging realm of bone-anchored percutaneous implants, plagued by the persistent issue of implant failure due to infections at the soft tissue-implant interface, I confront this concern head-on. My mission is to meticulously investigate the biological and biophysical intricacies of this interface, with the aim of enhancing its barrier function through innovative strategies.

    My journey from the confines of clinical practice to the expansive realms of research has been underpinned by a humble desire—a desire to forge a lasting impact on the field of dentistry, to ignite the flames of curiosity in future generations of dentists, and to contribute to the enhancement of dental care for all.