Aaron Silverstein is an MD/PhD student, beginning his first year of PhD training after completing two years of medical school. He hails from Paducah, KY, where he was homeschooled until beginning his post-secondary studies at the University of Kentucky. While an undergraduate, Aaron was a member of Dr. Warren Alilain's lab in the Department of Neuroscience, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, studying therapeutics to restore breathing motor function after cervical spinal cord injury. After graduating with dual degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology (including a minor in Violin Performance), Aaron completed a research rotation in Dr. Brandon Miller's lab, also within SCoBIRC, in the department of Neurosurgery, studying inflammation and white matter damage using microglia and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in vitro. Aaron is now a graduate student in the Alilain lab, working on projects focused on intermittent hypoxia therapy treatment and the effects of polytrauma and pain on recovery following cervical spinal cord injury, as inspired by physiology and psychology. Aaron and his wife, Kelsey, are avid taco enthusiasts and enjoy cooking, bicycling, watching MMA (and to a lesser degree, practicing it), camping, and hiking.
UKY PSMRF 2019-2020
Silverstein, AL and Alilain, WJ (2021) Intermittent hypoxia induces greater functional breathing motor recovery as a fixed rather than varied duration treatment after cervical spinal cord injury in rats. Neurotrauma Reports 2:1, 343–353, DOI:10.1089/neur.2021.0004.
Maddie Stanback, Alexandra E. Stanback, Saadia Akhtar, Ross Basham, Bharath Chithrala, Bennett Collis, Bernardo Aguzzoli Heberle, Emma Higgins, Allison Lane, Saisindhu Marella, Matthew Ponder, Prachi Raichur, Aaron Silverstein, Catherine Stanley, Kelsi Vela, and Robin L. Cooper. (2019). The Effect of Lipopolysaccharides on Primary Sensory Neurons in Crustacean Models. Impulse (Columbia, S.C.).