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About Us

Welcome to the SCI, Stem Cell & Recovery Neurobiology Lab where we work together towards making an injured spinal cord to restore its function utilizing cross disciplinary multimodal approaches. The research endeavor integrates novel theoretical concepts and investigation strategies of neurobiology, stem cell biology, material science, glial biology, pharmacology, and neural oncology.

Our focus is on elucidating Functional Multipotency of Stem Cells, Recovery Neurobiology of Injured Spinal Cords and Brains, Neural Oncology, and Neurodegeneration. The goal is to determine novel neural circuit, cellular and molecular targets for establishing efficacious therapies to overcome neurological disabilities.

About Y.D. Teng, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Teng is the Lab Director and Co-Director of Neurotrauma Recovery Research at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network. He is associate professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation, and neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his medical training, he obtained an M.S. degree in neuropharmacology from Beijing University Health Science Center, and earned his Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Neuroscience from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He completed post-doctoral trainings at Georgetown University and Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Teng and his team investigate Recovery Neurobiology of Injured Spinal Cords and Functional Multipotency of Stem Cells through understanding intra-spinal cord neural circuit reorganization and molecular mechanisms that mediate stem cell-based multimodal strategy to treat spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neural degenerative diseases.

Dr. Teng reviews for more than 50 academic and clinical journals and holds study section membership of the NIH, DoD, VA, European Union academic organizations, research & education institutions, and scientific and academic foundations. He was elected and served as President (2013-2014) of the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair.