Gene Gurkoff


Position Title
Associate Professor
Neurological Surgery


The neurotrauma has a wide-range of research interests.  Some of the projects are translational with the goal of implementing our findings in the lab to patients in the ICU.  Two current studies are investigating therapies to reduce neuronal toxicity following traumatic brain injury, especially in the cases where patients have a secondary insult such as ischemia, hypoxia or seizures.  Additionally the lab is developing a model of neuromodulation (deep brain stimulation) to see if driving specific areas of the injured brain can restore function.  The lab is also collaborating with members of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab to develop a sensor which could be used to better assess the forces involved in mechanical and blast injuries that are prevelant in sports and battle-field related injuries respectively.