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Pavel Lizhnyak

Lizhnyak newEducation: B.A., Psychology, University of Akron, 2013

Hometown: Parma, OH

Thesis adviser: Andrew Ottens, Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology

Research interests: Traumatic brain injury, neuroplasticity, learning and memory

Personal bio: I was born and raised in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine and came to the United States at the age of 13. I have always had an inquisitive mind about everything and am always asking “how?why?”. After losing my mom to brain cancer, I became more interested in the molecular aspects of brain pathobiology and regenerative processes from both biological and behavioral components. I enjoy reading and spending time with my wife and our daughter. In my free time, I like to fish, ride my bike, and enjoy a good philosophical conversation.


Lizhnyak PN, Yohannes H, Ottens AK. Neuroproteome dynamics in modeled brain injury: A systems neurobiology perspective. Frontiers in Neuroengineering. 2015, 6(27):371-378.

Lizhnyak PN, Ottens AK. Proteomics: in pursuit of effective traumatic brain injury therapeutics. Expert Rev. Proteomics. 2015, 12(1):75-82.

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