Our Goal

Our goal is to identify new cellular and small molecule-based strategies that improve the clinical treatment of nerve injury.  Our lab is the scientific arm of the Stanford Facial Nerve Center, a specialized, multidisciplinary treatment center for facial paralysis and related conditions.




Lab News

Pepper Lab received funding from the Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR)

The Pepper Lab was awarded a grant by the Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) at the NIDCR for our project, “Drug loaded, bioprinted fibrin scaffolds for use during cranial nerve repair surgery.”  The Pepper Lab would like to thank Dr. Lili He and our collaborator Dr. Laurent Bekale for their hard work and experimental skill.  This work was also funded in part by the Stanford Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford SPARK.  Additional contributors on the grant application included Tannaz Azimi, Justine Sato, and Praveen Sundar.

Image courtesy of Mark Skylar-Scott, PhD

Pepper Lab received funding from the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Pepper Research Lab has been awarded a grant from the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence for their research titled “Automated Assessment of Facial Palsy in Patient Videos via Deep Learning”.

Max Bjorni awarded a Goldwater Scholarship

Congratulations to Max Bjorni for his Goldwater Scholarship in recognition for his achievement and potential as a future scientist.

Way to go Max!

Chrisa Faniku wins the Stanford Bio-X best poster award

On February 26th, our postdoc, Chrisa Faniku,  presented her poster “The Role of Hedgehog Signaling in Facial Nerve Regeneration Following Injury”  at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grants Program Poster Session.

Bio-X program would like to congratulate her on the excellence and presentation of the poster.  Of the 100 posters presented, it was selected as a winner!



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