Lab Team

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Meet Our Lab Team!

Principal Investigator

Tim Cope

Tim Cope, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Biological Sciences and Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience

My research interests center on control of movement by sensorimotor integration in the mammalian spinal cord. Using predominantly electrophysiological methods applied in vivo, we study neural signaling by spinal motoneurons, somatosensory neurons, and their central synapses.  Our primary analyses include electrical properties, synaptic function, and firing behavior of single neurons.  We are actively examining how these neurons and synapses respond soon and long after peripheral nerve injury and regeneration. 


Travis Rotterman, Ph.D
I have a background in neuroanatomical approaches including immunohistochemistry and retrograde tracing techniques in combination with confocal and 2photon imaging. Since joining the Cope lab 4 years ago I have become a proficient electrophysiologist studying changes in motor circuitry specifically in the context of peripheral nerve injury. Recently, I have also developed a project working with a rodent model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease which is an inherited neurodegenerative condition impacting both motor and sensory axons ultimately leading to behavioral deficits
Nick Housley, PT, DPT, PhD

Graduate Researchers

Jake Stevens, PhD Candidate
Jing Zhang, PhD Candidate

Undergraduate Researchers

Ethan Chang, B.S Candidate

Caitlin Fix, B.S Candidate

Olivia Herman, B.S Candidate

Rommy Sierra, B.S Candidate

Elanor Finlayson, B.S Candidate

Lillian Kantor, B.S Candidate

Recent Lab Alumni:

  • Emily Pfhal
  • Violet Garcia 
  • Evelyn Gardolinski
  • Oreoluwa Amosu
  • J’Ana Reed
  • Sebinne Lee