Two Barber Lab students receive awards for brain injury research

Barber Lab students Kelly (L) and Mathivanan (R)

Two students in Dr. Annika Barber's lab have received prestigious awards for their work in brain injury research. Seanna Kelly, a PhD student in the Rutgers Molecular Biosciences doctoral program was awarded a 3 year pre-doctoral fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research and Akanksha Mathivanan, a junior in the Cell and Biology Neuroscience program will be awarded the 2024 Mimi Goldman Positive Achievement Award from the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey ( This award recognizes the accomplishments of TBI survivors and focuses on Akanksha's research and her outreach to high schools about TBI risks from youth sports.