Research Labs

The following laboratories are currently accepting students (undergraduates and graduate students):

Burman Lab

Faculty Information: Michael Burman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences

The Burman Lab investigates the effects of early life stress and pain on subsequent anxiety and pain susceptibility and related changes to brain function in a rodent model.  They focus on the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus and prefrontal cortex using a variety of modern behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular techniques from psychology and biology.  

Cao Lab

Faculty Information: Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in COM.

The Cao Lab studies neuroimmune mechanisms in nerve injury induced neuropathic pain and nerve regeneration, as well as neuroimmune mechanisms in HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy, and neuroimmune mechanisms in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HANDs). Dr. Cao also has on-going clinical projects for medical students, which are in collaboration with the Mercy Pain Center.

Meng Lab

Faculty Information: Ian Meng, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, director of the CEN, and director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function.

Current Meng Lab research is primarily focused on chronic dry eye syndrome.

Bove Lab

Faculty Information: Geoffrey Bove, D.C., Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences in COM

The Bove Lab studies mechanisms of pain and visceral imbalance cause by inflammation of nerves.

Ganter Lab

Faculty Information: Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., is a professor of biology in CAS.

He studies steroids in the nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster. He has expertise in neurogenetics, molecular biology, and cell biology

Harrison Lab

Faculty Information: Benjamin Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences, COM

The Harrison Lab focuses on understanding neuron-intrinsic signaling mechanisms during anatomical re-structuring of peripheral afferent neurons. Dr. Harrison also has on-going projects in bioinformatics.

Houseknecht Lab

Faculty Information: Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., is a professor in COM.

She has expertise in the pharmacology of G-protein coupled receptors and phosphdiesterases. She is interested in novel drug discovery for the treatment of diseases associated with metabolic syndrome, psychosis, and diseases of neglect.

King Lab

Faculty Information: Tamara King, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in COM.

Her research interests center around mechanistic analysis of pain, with a specific focus on cancer-induced bone pain, osteoarthritis and chronic pain induced by nerve injury.

Lei Lab

Faculty Information: Lei Lei, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biology in CAS.

His research is focused on developing transgenic mouse models for neurological diseases, identifying the genetic network that controls differentiation of nociceptive neurons, and neural stem cells in embryonic and adult brains.

May Lab

Faculty Information: Meghan May, Ph.D., associate professor in the biomedical science department, COM

Dr. May is a microbiologist but has taken on pilot project centered on characterizing microbial components that stimulate or antagonize nociception.

Mokler Lab

Faculty Information: David Mokler, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmacology in COM, and chair of the biomedical science department.

His research focuses on the effects of prenatal protein malnutrition on brain development. He also studies the effects of drugs of abuse and serotonin systems and the prefrontal cortex of the adolescent brain compared to the adult brain.

Molliver Lab

Faculty Information: Derek Molliver, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Biomedical Sciences in COM.

His research focuses on molecular mechanisms by which neurotransmitter receptors alter functional properties of sensory neurons in chronic pain states.

Rudolph Lab

Faculty Information: Katherine Rudolph, P.T., Ph.D. is the director of the Motion Analysis Lab and associate professor of physical therapy.

Her research interests focus on the neuromuscular control of locomotion with studies concerning patients with ACL deficiency and knee osteoarthritis. She has expertise in rehabilitation research and motor control.

Tucker Lab

Faculty Information: Kerry Tucker, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in COM.

His laboratory investigates the signal transduction pathways of the primary cilia, a small antenna-like appendage protruding from the cell surface of almost all cells in the body.

Stevenson Lab

Faculty Information: Glenn Stevenson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology in CAS.

The research done in his lab focuses on the development of pain and addiction. Dr. Stevenson has expertise in behavioral pharmacology, drug abuse and drug interactions.