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Michelle C. LaPlaca Michelle C. LaPlaca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0535

Phone: 404-385-0629
Fax: 404-385-5044
Location: GT: BME - 3109
E-Mail: michelle.laplaca@bme.gatech.edu
URL: https://neurolab.gatech.edu/labs/laplaca

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Areas of Research

    Traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, neural tissue engineering, injury biomechanics, neural interfacing, cognitive impairment associated with brain injury and aging

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • B.B.E., The Catholic University of America, 1991

Selected Awards

  • 2008, Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Heroes Award for Innovation
  • 2001, NSF Career Award

Selected Research Publications

  • Cullen, D.K., Stabenfeldt, S.E., Simon, C.M., Tate, C.C., LaPlaca, M.C. An In Vitro Neural Injury Model for Optimization of Tissue Engineered Constructs Journal of Neuroscience Research 85(16):3642-3651, 2007.
  • Tate, C.C., Garcia, A.J., LaPlaca, M.C. Plasma Fibronectin is Neuroprotective Following Traumatic Brain Injury Experimental Neurology 207: 13-22, 2007.
  • Cullen, D.K., Simon, C.M., LaPlaca, M.C. Strain rate-dependent induction of reactive astrogliosis and cell death in three-dimensional neuronal-astrocytic co-cultures. Brain Research 1158: 103-115, 2007.
  • Keselowsky, B.G., Bridges, A.W., Burns, K.L., Tate, C.C., Babensee, J.E., LaPlaca, M.C., García, A.J. Role of Plasma Fibronectin in the Foreign Body Response to Biomaterials. Biomaterials 28(25):3626-31, 2007.
  • LaPlaca, M.C., Simon, C.S., Prado, G.R., and Cullen, D.K. CNS Injury Biomechanics and Experimental Models. Chapter in Neurotrauma: New Insights into Pathology and Treatment Progress in Brain Research, vol 161; Eds. Weber and Maas Progress in Brain Research 161:13-26, 2007.
  • Cullen, D.K., Lessing, M.C., and LaPlaca, M.C. Collagen-Dependent Neurite Outgrowth and Response to Dynamic Deformation in Three-Dimensional Neuronal Cultures Annals of Biomedical Engineering 35(5):835-46. 2007.
  • Choi, Y., McClain, M.A., LaPlaca M.C., Frazier A.B., Allen M.G.. Three dimensional MEMS microfluidic perfusion system for thick brain slice cultures. Biomed Microdevices 9(1):7-13. 2007
  • Cullen, D.K, Vukasinovic, J., Glezer, A., and LaPlaca, M.C. Microfluidic Engineered High Cell Density Three-Dimensional Neural Cultures Journal of Neural Engineering 4(2):159-172, 2007.
  • Tate, C.C., Tate, M.C., LaPlaca, M.C. Fibronectin and Laminin Increase in the Mouse Brain Following Controlled Cortical Impact Injury Journal of Neurotrauma 24(1): 226-230, 2007.
  • Cullen, D.K. and LaPlaca, M.C. Differential Response of Neurons Cultured in Two- Versus Three-Dimensions to High Rate Shear Deformation Journal of Neurotrauma 23(9):1304-19, 2006.


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