The Department of Neurosurgery engages in basic, translational and clinical research aimed at conquering diseases of the nervous system.


OU Brain Tumor Research Laboratories:

Dunn Lab

The Dunn Laboratory focuses on tumor genomics, biology, skull base tumor imaging, and clinical outcomes to improve clinical management and patient outcomes.

Morales Lab

The focus of Dr. Morales’ work is to understand the DNA damage repair machinery and its dysfunction in tumorigenesis.

Glenn Lab

The Glenn group focuses on clinical brain tumor research to improve patient outcomes.
Battiste Lab

Dr. James Battiste, in the neuro-oncology group, is an active collaborator whose group studies tumor invasion and preclinical models of drug delivery and therapeutics.

OU Spinal Cord Injury and Outcomes Laboratories:

Smith Laboratory (starting January 2020)

The Smith Laboratory evaluates biomarkers for spinal injury and advanced imaging for diagnosis in patients with cervical spine compression.

Martin Lab

Dr. Martin’s group studies fundamental models of spinal cord injury and translational therapeutic applications with contemporary biomedical engineering approaches