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Stella Elkabes, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory
Associate Professor

Dr. Elkabes graduated from Bogazici (Bosphorous) University in Istanbul, Turkey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroendocrinology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel where she was awarded the Feinberg Graduate School Award for Excellency.   Dr. Elkabes pursued her post-doctoral training in neurobiology at the National Institute of Health and Cornell University Medical College.   She was a visiting scientist in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Milan, Italy.  She held a faculty appointment in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert W. Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, before joining the faculty at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers.  She became the co-director of The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in the Department of Neurological Surgery at NJMS-Rutgers in 2010.

Dr. Elkabes' research focuses on neuroprotection, neural regeneration, neuro-immune interactions and the cross-talk between neurons and glia in animal models of spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.  Her research has been funded by various agencies including the National Institute of Health and New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.  Dr. Elkabes has been a reviewer in NIH study sections since 2008.  She has served as a reviewer in national and international funding agencies including The Israel Science Foundation;  The Marsden Fund Council, New Zealand; The Medical Research Council, United Kingdom and Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense.   Dr. Elkabes has served as ad-hoc reviewer in numerous scientific journals.

Dr. Elkabes is a full member of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at NJMS-Rutgers. She received the Golden Axon Award for excellence in neuroscience teaching at NJMS.  She has served as an acting co-director, executive committee member, admission committee member and the first year advisor of the Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program, NJMS-Rutgers University joined graduate program in Newark, NJ.   She is currently a member of the Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology Track committee in the GSBS at NJMS-Rutgers.