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Michelle Harran Chan-Cortés, BS

Graduate Student, Neuroscience


Education and Training:

  • Undergraduate

    • BS, Johns Hopkins University

      • Biomedical Engineering​​

  • Premedical Post-Baccalaureate ​​

    • Columbia University ​

Previous Positions:

  • Research Assistant: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    • David Linden, PhD

  • Research Assistant: Motor Performance Lab, Columbia University 

    • John Krakauer, MD

  • Senior Research Program Coordinator: BLAM Lab, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 

    • John Krakauer, MD

  • Research Assistant: Laboratory for Computational Motor Control, Johns Hopkins University

    • Reza Shadmehr, PhD

Research Interests:

  • Neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and regeneration.

Current Projects:

  • Characterizing the temporal and topographical patterns of motor axon development and degeneration in SMA mice using iDISCO

  • Defining the transcriptomes of spatially distinct motor neuron pools in SMA via single-nuc sequencing

Selected Publications:

  • Full list of publications: ORCID iD

  • Ravi B, Chan-Cortés MH, Sumner CJ. Gene-Targeting Therapeutics for Neurological Disease: Lessons Learned from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Annual Review of Medicine 2021; 72:1-14.

  • Dougherty SE, Kajstura TJ, Jin Y, Chan-Cortés M, Kota AK, Linden DJ. Catecholaminergic axons in the neo cortex of adult mice regrow following brain injury (2019). Experimental Neurology, Nov 4;323:113089.

  • Cortés JC, Goldsmith J, Harran MD, Xu J, Kim N, Schambra H, Luft A, Celnik P, Krakauer JW, Kitago T. A Short and Distinct Time Window for Recovery of Arm Motor Control Early After Stroke Revealed With a Global Measure of Trajectory Kinematics (2017). Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Jun;31(6):552-560.​

Hobbies and Interests:

​I really like eating- I keep a running list of every restaurant I've been to in Baltimore (it's over 200).


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