The Krencik Lab is part of the Center for Neuroregeneration in the Department of Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Research Institute. The goal of the lab is to accelerate progress in neuroregeneration by understanding the functional relationship between human neurons and astrocytes in normal and dysfunctional states. We employ innovative techniques such as three-dimensional human pluripotent stem cell-based culture, optogenetics, electrophysiology, transplantations and molecular/biochemical approaches in order to answer vital questions in neuroscience. In addition, we work within the Department of Neurosurgery and other institutions at the Texas Medical Center with the goal of translating research discoveries into clinical therapies for restoration of the nervous system after injury and disease.


Krencik Lab
Houston Methodist Research Institute
6670 Bertner Avenue, R11-213
Houston, Texas 77030

Phone: 713.363.9742
Twitter: @krencik_lab, @Robert_Krencik

Robert C. Krencik, PhD

Robert C. Krencik, PhD
Center for Neuroregeneration
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
in Neurological Surgery
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston Methodist

Our Team

Aboud Tahanis, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow

MarĂ­a Dolores (Lola) Montalvo Parra, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Sajedeh Nasr Esfahani, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow

Sailee Lavekar, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Samira Aghlara-Fotovat
Graduate Student

Megh Patel
Graduate Student