Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, has an extensive background in Neuroscience, with continuous training in experimental models of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their clinical application. He trained at the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Head Injury Center, and Virginia Commonwealth University Commonwealth Center on Brain Injury. He was an independent investigator at the University of Kentucky Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center. In Phoenix, he leads the Neurotrauma & Social Impact research team as a joint venture between the College of Medicine – Phoenix, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Dr. Lifshitz’s research has focused on cutting-edge research topics that advance the field — including mitochondria involvement in neuropathology, amygdala-dependent affective behavior, sensory sensitivity, objective signs of TBI, neuroinflammation, cognitive rehabilitation and peripheral inflammation. More than 100 peer-reviewed publications represent a body of work that includes basic mechanism, translational investigation, health care data analysis and topics of social impact related to health care disparities.
Dr. Lifshitz is the Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program through the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, which brings together clinicians and scientists as faculty to address the pathophysiology and recovery from animal models of acquired neurological injury (e.g. stroke, hemorrhage, concussion). These studies are guided by gaps in clinical knowledge to empower healthcare providers to improve quality of life for survivors. To this end, they use public databases, biorepositories, and animal models to address questions across the lifespan. Specific strengths include inflammation, rehabilitation, puberty, sleep, and neuronal morphology.