Current Students—Samuel Mackenzie
PhD (4th yr)
Department: Neuroscience & Physiology
Advisor: Calancie, PhD
My broad research interest is regeneration of the injured nervous system. I am currently working with Dr. Blair Calancie on a rat model of cauda equina injury, in which we repair transected ventral roots with Schwann cells and electrical stimulation.
- Mackenzie SJ, Smirnov I, Calancie B. Cauda equina repair in the rat: Part 2. Time-course of ventral root conduction failure. J Neurotrauma. 2011 May 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Sam is the recipient of an NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The title of his project is "Schwann cell repair of cauda equina ventral roots."
Dr. Arthur Kornberg (a Nobel prize winner in medicine in 1959) once said, "basic research is the lifeline of medicine." And if I could extend his comment, I would add, "and publication is the lifeline of medical research." I think publishing one's work serves two important roles. The first is to communicate your work to the larger scientific community, and the second is to serve as a landmark for the completion of one aspect of your work, thus providing direction for the future scientific work. As a future physician scientist here at Upstate, I have numerous opportunities to get involved in activities and trainings to improve our skills needed for publications.