Celeste Rousseau

Celeste Rousseau
Mentor: Dr. David Fuller
College of Medicine
"One of my earliest childhood memories is of my father fracturing his spine in the lower lumbar region. At the time, I was unaware of the severity of the injury and oblivious to the turmoil he dealt with during and after surgery. However, I was able to notice the grave effects his condition had on his daily routine, preventing him from enjoying and participating in the activities he once loved, and was inspired to find a cure. As a result, I was drawn to spinal cord injury research early in my college career."


Biological Engineering



Research Interests

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Plasticity
  • Translational Research

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • HHMI Science for Life
  • Collins Scholarship
  • Wentworth Freshman Scholarship
  • CELEST Summer Program Participant


  • Neuroscience Club
  • Women's Club Water Polo
  • Society for Viral Studies


  • Brain Awareness Week Student Outreach
  • Medical/Public Health Trips
  • Athlete Brain

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling

Research Description

Spinal Serotonin and Respiratory Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury
My project will examine respiratory motor recovery spinal cord injury. More specifically, we will be exploring the role of spinal serotonin receptor activation on respiratory recovery after high cervical spinal cord injury. By combining pharmacological and neurophysiological techniques, we hope to improve the ability to activate the diaphragm muscle after severe spinal cord injury.