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Denis Bragin, PhD, FAHA

Research Associate Professor

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Contact Information

Phone: (505)925-7628

Academic Career

Bragin received his MSc in biochemistry from Rostov State University (Russia) in 1999. He completed his post-graduate work at the Kogan’s Research Institute for Neurocybernetics, where he studied the effects of photodynamic treatment on neurons and defended his PhD in biophysics in Voronezh State University/Russian Academy of Sciences in 2004. He joined UNM’s Department of Neurosurgery in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow researching epilepsy, stroke and brain trauma. In 2011 he was promoted as an assistant professor at the Department of Neurosurgery. 

Research Interests

Bragin′s research focuses on the circulation and metabolism of the brain after the stroke and traumatic brain injury. His current research interests include:

  • The role of cerebral microvascular shunting in the development of hyperemia, brain edema, tissue ischemia and blood-brain barrier degradation during intracranial hypertension after severe cerebral insults.
  • The potential of hemodynamics modulation with drag-reducing molecules for treating acute and chronic cerebral microvascular disorders and ischemia including stroke, traumatic injury and neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Non-invasive transcranial direct current and pulsed electromagnetic field brain stimulations for recovery after acute brain injuries.


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Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
  • International Society for Oxygen Transport to Tissue
  • American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
  • International Society for Neurosciences
  • European Society for Neurochemistry
  • International and Asian-Pacific Societies for Neurochemistry
  • International Society for Invertebrate Neurobiology
  • International Brain Research Organization
  • I.P. Pavlov's Physiological Society
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
  • Russian Society for Photobiology