Rajiv Midha


Clinical Neurosciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Nerve Surgery
  • Stem Cells
  • Axon Myelination
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord / Nerve Injury & Pain

Research activities

The Midha research lab investigates novel approaches to enhancing nerve regeneration and improving outcome after nerve surgery. The research involves rodent models of nerve injury and regeneration, investigating the utility of nerve grafts, nerve transplantation, growth factors, electrical stimulation and stem cells. The lab is part of the larger enterprise encompassing axonal biology and regeneration at the HBI, and holds ongoing collaborations with Drs. Biernaskie, Ousman, Stys and others at the University of Calgary. The major current focus of the lab relates to understanding the role of rodent and human skin derived Schwann cells in improving the milieu for enhanced nerve regeneration. As an example, we are exploring the role of these cells in modulating the immune response as well as axonal myelination. We utilize electrophysiology, advanced imaging and several innovative behavioral techniques to assay outcomes.