Our Past Trainees:

Predoctoral Trainees:

Jillian Weeks - jillian.j.weeks@pitt.edu

I am working in Alan Sved’s lab studying nicotine behavioral pharmacology in animal models of vulnerable populations with the goal of informing regulatory policy.



Cynthia Arokiaraj - cma83@pitt.edu

I am training with Becky Seal to develop tools that will allow me to manipulate and study the spinal cord microcircuitry involved in touch and pain in non-human primates.



Kimberly Meerschaert- kim42@pitt.edu

I am working with Brian Davis to understand the role of vagal and spinal afferents in visceral pain using molecular, physiological, and behavioral techniques.



Eileen Nguyen - ekn11@pitt.edu

I am working in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Ross to investigate the spinal neurocircuitry involved in itch and pain. Using molecular, behavioral, and physiological approaches, I seek to elucidate the mechanisms that contribute to somatosensation.

Postdoctoral Trainees:

Lillian Laemmle - lll19@pitt.edu

My research in the lab of Kip Kinchington exploits that no therapies are currently available to provide relief from the pain of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a chronic condition that often persists following reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. My research exploits a pre-clinical rat model of chronic VZV-induced pain, along with a library of VZV mutants, to identify the underlying mechanisms and potential strategies to prevent or treat this pain.

Brian Edwards - bse7@pitt.edu

In the Davis lab, I'm using optogenetics to activate and inhibit vagal and spinal afferents running in the greater splanchnic to drive and revers pain behaviors in mice experiencing chronic pancreatitis and in a genetic mouse model of pancreatic cancer.  I'm also determining how the transcriptome of vagal and spinal afferents changes during development of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Jamie Moy - jamie.moy@pitt.edu

My work in the Gold lab focuses on identifying different processes that contribute to pain, specifically the activity-dependent changes involved in sensory neuron excitability such as changes in intracellular calcium and its influence on posttranslational modifications and gene expression. Additionally, I am also interested in the translatability of these mechanisms to human sensory neurons.

Charles Warwick - warwickc@pitt.edu

I am working with Drs. Sarah Ross and Rick Korber to dissect spinal mechanisms of pain and itch using optogenetics, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and multiphoton calcium imaging. I am trying to determine what neural circuits permit dissociation of itch and pain despite being mediated by overlapping sensory neurons.