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Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory Members


Stella Elkabes, PhD
Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory and Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Elkabes graduated from Bogazici (Bosphorous) University in Istanbul, Turkey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroendocrinology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel where she was awarded the Feinberg Graduate School… Read more


Li Ni, M.D.

Research Training Specialist


Dr. Li Ni is a Research Teaching Specialist in the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Ni graduated from Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China; and has 5 years of teaching experience in human anatomy and neuroanatomy prior to…Read More





Cigdem Acioglu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Cigdem Acioglu, Ph.D. studied Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Institute of Health Sciences, Kocaeli University, Turkey. She joined the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in 2013 as a visiting researcher. She performed her doctoral research with Dr. Stella Elkabes and Dr…Read More





Lun Li, M.D., P.h.D

Postdoctoral Fellow


Lun Li, M.D., M.S. has recently defended his Ph.D. thesis in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of NJ in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, & Physiology track. He has performed his dissertation research with Drs. Stella Elkabes and Robert F. Heary. He investigates the inflammatory…Read More




Ersilia Mirabelli, M.S.

Pre-Doctoral Student


Ersilia Mirabelli, M.S. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Physiology track of the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Ersilia received her M.S. and Bachelor degrees, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Calabria…Read More




Yesenia Sanchez


Yesenia Sanchez is the Secretary of the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory. Her role includes the general administrative and clerical support for the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory. She processes and follows up on all laboratory orders ensuring that supplies and services…Read More