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The Team

Co-Directors and Laboratory Members

Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory

Robert F. Heary, MD Professor and Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory

Robert F. Heary, M.D.

Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, Director, Spine Center of New Jersey, Professor
Dr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders. Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of...Read More

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...Read More
Cigdem Acioglu

Cigdem Acioglu, M.S.

Visiting Scholar
Cigdem Acioglu, M.S. is a Ph.D. Student in Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology in the Institute of Health Sciences, Kocaeli University, Turkey. She joined the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in 2013 as a visiting researcher. She is performing her doctoral research with Dr. Stella Elkabes and Dr...Read More

Devesh Jalan, M.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Devesh Jalan, M.D. is a Post-doctoral Research fellow studying surgical decompression and spinal cord injury.  He was previously an undergraduate researcher with the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory and has extensive experience in spinal cord injury research.   Devesh began his undergraduate...Read More
Veronika Khariv

Veronika Khariv, M.S.

Predoctoral student
Veronika Khariv, M.S. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University, in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Physiology track. She is performing her dissertation research with Drs. Stella Elkabes and Robert F.Heary on plasma membrane calcium pump 2 (PMCA2...Read More

Lun Li, M.S.

Predoctoral student
Lun Li, M.S. is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of NJ in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, & Physiology track.  He is performing his dissertation research with Drs. Stella Elkabes and Robert F. Heary.  He investigates the inflammatory...Read More
Li Ni

Li Ni, M.D.

Research Teaching Specialist
Dr. Li Ni is a Research Teaching Specialist in the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Ni graduated from Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China; and has 5 years of teaching experience in human anatomy and neuroanatomy prior to...Read More

Ersilia Mirabelli, M.S.

Pre-Doctoral Student
Ersilia Mirabelli, M.S. is a Ph.D. candidate in the in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Physiology track of the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.    Ersilia received her M.S. and Bachelor degrees, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Calabria...Read More
Alexandra Pallottie, B.S.

Alexandra Pallottie, B.S.

Predoctoral Student
Alexandra Pallottie is a graduate student currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, & Physiology (CBNP) track of the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, with a concentration in Neuroscience.  Alexandra graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette College in May...Read More
Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.

Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.

Program Support Coordinator
As Program Support Coordinator for the Spine Center of New Jersey, Lorelei is responsible for the fiscal and administrative activities of the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory.  She oversees Dr. Heary's clinical research trials, managing all enrollment, training and regulatory aspects of the studies...Read More
Ayomi Ratnayake

Ayomi Ratnayake, M.S.

Research Teaching Specialist
Ayomi is a Research Teaching Specialist in the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory.  Ayomi applies laboratory expertise and scientific acumen when conducting daily experiments studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern neuronal pathology, neuronal protection and regeneration in spinal...Read More

Neginder Saini, B.S.

Master of Science Student
Neginder is a masters student at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark, NJ. His passion for neuroscience has led him to the Reynolds Family Spine Lab where he is involved in spinal cord injury research. He is currently investigating various methods of early surgical...Read More