Mitra Lavasani, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Mitra Lavasani

Mitra Lavasani, PhD

  • Research Scientist, RIC
  • Asst. Professor, PM&R, NU




Selected Publications

Lavasani M, Thompson SD, Pollett JB, Usas A, Lu A, Stolz DB, Clark KA, Sun B, Péault B, Huard J Human muscle-derived stem/progenitor cells promote functional murine peripheral nerve regeneration.  J of Clin Invest. 2014 Apr;124(4):1745-1756
PMID: 24642464.

Song M, Lavasani M, Thompson SD, Lu A, Ahani B, Huard J  Muscle-derived stem/progenitor cell dysfunction in Zmpste24-deficient progeroid mice limits muscle regeneration. Stem Cell Research and Therapy. 2013 Jan;4(2):33
PMID: 23531345.

Lavasani M, Robinson AR, Lu A, Song M, Feduska JM, Ahani B, Tilstra JS, Feldman CH, Robbins PD, Niedernhofer LJ, Huard J  Muscle-derived stem/progenitor cell dysfunction limits healthspan and lifespan in a murine progeria model. Nature Communications. 2012 Jan;3;3:608
PMID: 22215083.

Lavasani M, Gehrmann S, Gharaibeh B, Clark KA, Kaufmann RA, Péault B, Goitz RJ, Huard J  Venous graft-derived cells participate in peripheral nerve regeneration. PLoS ONE. 2011 Sep 23;6(9)::e24801
PMID: 21966370.

Lavasani M, Lu A, Peng H, Cummins J, Huard J Nerve growth factor improves the muscle regeneration capacity of muscle stem cells in dystrophic muscle. Human Gene Therapy. 2006 Feb;17(2):180-192
PMID: 16454652.

Di Monte DA, Lavasani M, Manning-Bog AB Environmental factors in Parkinson's disease.  NeuroToxicology. 2002 Oct;23(4-5):487-502
PMID: 12428721.

Research Interests

Cell Biology, Neurobiology of Disease