Dr. Abir Ashfakur Rahman is Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Bix. He is very passionate about understanding neurogenesis and harnessing this process in the treatment of ischemic stroke. Abir obtained his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, where his dissertation focused on understanding the role of cellular macroautophagy in Parkinson's Disease pathogenesis. His master's degree is from Georgia State University, in Neurobiology and Behavior, where he studied neuromuscular junction development in C. elegans. Prior to that, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. With his skills in molecular biology and tissue culture, and detailed understanding of multiple animal models, Abir seeks to develop new and more effective treatments for Stroke, Vascular Dementia and related disorders.