Dr. LaPlaca is an Associate Professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves as Director of the Laboratory for Neuroengineering. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma. Her research interests are in traumatic brain injury and injury biomechanics, specifically in cellular injury tolerances, biomarkers, mechanistically-driven neuroprotective strategies, and cognitive impairment. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Coulter Foundation. She received an NSF CAREER award (2000), the 2007 Atlanta Business Chronicle Healthcare Heroes Award for Healthcare Innovation, and is an elected fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).