Robert Krencik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Robert Krencik, PhD, studied neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD, where he devised the first cellular system for the efficient generation of human glial progenitors and astrocyte subtypes from pluripotent stem cells. He conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco with Erik Ullian, PhD, where his studies illuminated mechanisms for human astrocytes in controlling the timing of synaptic plasticity. Currently, his lab is using organoid-like sphere cultures as a disease model of the human nervous system.
Caroline Cvetkovic, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-present
Caroline Cvetkovic, PhD, earned her doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral work was focused on building engineered cellular systems with the ability to sense and process information, respond to external stimuli, and produce force. Her research integrated neuromuscular tissue engineering, 3D printing, biorobotics, and biomaterials, and she contributed to the first demonstrations of bio-inspired machines powered by electrically and optogenetically stimulated skeletal muscle. In the Krencik Lab, she is developing human stem cell derived 3D neuronal tissue cultures that can be used to study various aspects of development and degeneration, while determining their potential for regenerative clinical therapies.
Research Assistant, 2019-present
Morgan graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and in Biochemistry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She then continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University and earned her Master of Science degree in Natural Sciences with a focus in Biochemistry. Her thesis work was focused on the interaction of UNC-45, a molecular chaperone that is specific to the muscle protein, myosin, and its interaction with other proteins. In the Center for Neuroregeneration, she is working in the Astrocellular Therapeutics Lab where she uses human pluripotent stem cells to understand how to promote nervous system regeneration. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, weight lifting, snow skiing, and fermenting foods at home, such as sourdough bread and kombucha.
VISITING & PREVIOUS RESEARCHERS
Undergraduate Researcher, Rice University
Collaborator, Baylor College of Medicine
Collaborator, Deneen Lab, Baylor College of Medicine
Previous Undergraduate Researcher, Texas A&M University
Undergraduate Researcher, Brown University
Research Assistant, 2017-2019