The George Lab Research Team

George Lab

Paul George, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Paul grew up in Tennessee. He obtained his BSE from Tulane University and subsequent masters at Johns Hopkins in biomedical engineering.  He then joined the Health Sciences and Technology program where he obtained a PhD in Medical and Electrical Engineering in Dr. Robert Langer’s lab at MIT and his MD from Harvard.  After this, he journeyed out west to Stanford for his medical training and joined the Neurology faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor. His main focus is working with physicians, neuroscientists, and engineers to improve the care of stroke patients and neural recovery through his lab’s research as well as his clinical service.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Shang Song
Postdoctoral Fellow

Shang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Science at Stanford University. She received her BS with honors in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University, and her PhD from the Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering at University California, Berkeley and San Francisco. Her graduate work focused on the development of bioartificial organs and study of interaction between stem cells and biomaterials with engineering and molecular techniques in Dr. Shuvo Roy’s lab. Dr. Song joined the George lab in June 2017. She currently investigates the effect of electrical stimulation in augmenting stem cell therapy for nerve regeneration. Particularly, she is interested in studying how neural progenitor stem cells are influenced by electrical stimulation for better functional recovery in animal models.

Sruthi Santhanam
Postdoctoral Fellow

Sruthi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Science at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Her doctoral work in Dr. Nathan Ravi’s Lab was focused on the development of polymeric hydrogels as a substitute for the vitreous humor in the eye. Dr. Santhanam joined the George Lab in 2019 and works on the development of conductive polymers and biomaterials for neural recovery. She is particularly interested in developing injectable polymeric hydrogel that mimics the cerebral cortex and evaluating its interaction with the neural cells for stroke recovery applications. 

Lab Manager

Kelly McConnell
Lab Manager

Kelly McConnell received her Bachelor of Science in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2017. Her undergraduate research focused on developing a tissue-engineered model of the cornea through electrospinning. She then completed a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2018. Her master's thesis consisted of examining a multi-factor approach to maintaining tenocyte phenotype. She joined the George Lab in the fall of 2018, where she is working on projects to improve neural recovery using the combination of stem cells, conductive biomaterials, and electrical conditioning. 

Graduate Students

Matine Azadian
Neuroscience Graduate Student

Matine is a graduate student in the Neurosciences Interdepartmental Program at Stanford University. He received his BA with honors in Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine, where he was also a research student in the Neurocritical Care Lab. Under Dr. Yama Akbari, Matine worked to uncover the molecular mechanisms of neural recovery following cardiac arrest and was ultimately inspired to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. He joined the George Lab in 2020 and hopes to continue working towards this same goal in various stroke models. In particular, he is interested in the molecular mechanisms by which electrically stimulated stem cells confer functional improvements post-stroke. He also aims to develop a novel non-invasive approach to transcranial thrombolysis in attempt to advance mid-stroke treatment options. When not in lab nor asleep, Matine enjoys doing just about anything – in the ocean – in Hawaii. His ultimate career goal is to retire the first day after residency and return to Kauai to be a green tea farmer.

Undergraduate Researchers

Vivek Lam
Undergraduate Researcher

Vivek is an undergraduate researcher at Stanford majoring in Chemical Engineering. His curiosity to develop stem cell delivery systems brought him to the George Lab where the lab utilizes interdisciplinary approaches of chemistry, bioengineering and electrical engineering. Vivek designs novel conductive scaffolds for neural regeneration with an approach consisting of observing how various electrical parameters and material characteristics influence stem cell phenotypic changes and improve the efficacy of stem cell therapeutics.

Neha Srivathsa
Undergraduate Researcher

Neha Srivathsa is a sophmore undergraduate researcher at Stanford University, and is from Bangalore, India. She is intrigued by interdisciplinary approaches to solving pertinent problems and is currently exploring interests in biomaterials and regenerative medicine. She hopes to pursue a career in research to help democratise healthcare. Outside of lab, she is a martial arts enthusiast and Indian classical dancer.

Vishal Swaminathan
Visiting Researcher

Vishal is a medical school student in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at the Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his undergraduate studies as a part of the accelerated medical program at The Pennsylvania State University, where he conducted research on potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease. His interest in brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders brought him to the George Lab, where the use of conductive scaffolds is being tested as a possible therapy for ischemic stroke. Vishal studies the paracrine effects of electrically stimulated iPSC's and hNPC's, the extent of functional recovery in animal models treated with the conductive scaffold, and various factors that influence the efficacy of stem cell differentiation into neurons and glial cells. He has a strong interest in regenerative medicine and firmly believes stem cell therapeutics will have a profound impact in the field of neurology.

Administrative Associate

Evelyn Ray
Administrative Associate

Evelyn Ray is an Administrative Associate, providing support to Drs. Gregory Albers, Maarten Lansberg, Karen Hirsch, and Paul George. Evelyn is also the program coordinator for the ACGME-accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program. She has been with the Stroke Center since 2003 and has been employed through Stanford Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center for 25 years.