Research Topics

Lauren Payne

Lauren Payne


Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4178

Pharmacy Building

Lauren is a homegrown Mainer with an abundance of state pride. After graduating from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, she began her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine before transferring to the University of New England (UNE) to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Lauren then completed two years of postgraduate residency training at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, earning a specialty in critical care pharmacy. Her numerous teaching opportunities, including completion of a teaching certification program, fostered a real passion for... Read More

Rick Feeney

Adjunct Professor in the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

Richard Feeney, D.O., is a physiatrist and pain medicine specialist in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and is a proud graduate of UNECOM, class of 2009.  He studied physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard University/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital before pursuing further sub-specialty training through a pain medicine fellowship at University of California Davis. 

He draws on his osteopathic background often, practicing OMT and employing more advanced, minimally-invasive therapies for... Read More

Mary Johnson

Administrative Assistant, Political Science, Business and Communications, Global Studies

(207) 602-2483

Decary 334


Guidance & Counseling

Child Development and Family Relations

Tamara King

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2981

Stella Maris

Research interests center around mechanistic analysis of pain, with a specific focus on cancer-induced bone pain, osteoarthritis induced joint pain and chronic pain induced by nerve injury (neuropathic pain). An important aspect of my research is using approaches that allow for mechanistic evaluation of affective/motivational aspects of pain and pain relief in the preclinical setting. Such an approach will lead to the discovery of molecules that can effectively ameliorate ongoing pain across various preclinical models of pain, including cancer induced bone... Read More


Research program on mechanisms underlying chronic pain

Mike Burman

Associate Professor

Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly

(207) 602-2301

Decary Hall

I am broadly interested in studying negative emotionality and pain using behavioral neuroscience techniques using a developmental lens.  I enjoy teaching at both the introductory and upper levels.

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Behavioral neuroscience

animal behavior

learning and memory



brain development

Brain Research relating to behavior

Lei Lei at White Mountain on 2016-10-10

Lei Lei


Associate Professor

(207) 602-2353

Morgane Hall
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Research Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Awards and Honors

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research... Read More


Cell biology


developmental biology


neural stem cells

sensory neurons

Genetic Engineering

Ling Cao

Ling Cao

M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty for the Graduate Studies of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineer (GSBSE) program, The Graduate School, University of Maine, ME

(207) 602-2213

Pickus Center


Neuroimmunology and immunotoxicology.

Jennifer Malon

Jennifer Malon

M.S., M.P.H.

COBRE Program Coordinator

(207) 602-2517

Stella Maris

Jennifer received her B.A. in 2004 from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. Soon after graduation she started graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH. She graduated in 2007 with her Master’s in Animal Science. After graduation she began working in UNE's microbiology department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine for Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D., and James Vaughn, Ph.D, where she managed Dr. Cao’s lab for 7 years. In December 2014, s... Read More

Ian Meng

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

(207) 602-2195

Stella Maris

Dr. Ian Meng received his ScB and PhD in Neuroscience at Brown University.  Following completion of his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Howard Fields in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying the brain circuits mediating the analgesic properties of cannabinoids.  Dr. Meng joined the University of New England (UNE) in 2003 where he is currently a professor of Biomedical Sciences, Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN),... Read More


Acute and chronic pain; ocular pain; headache; cannabinoids

Geoffrey Bove, DC, PhD

Geoffrey Bove



(207) 602-2921

Stella Maris

Geoffrey Bove, DC, PhD, is a graduate of Hampshire College, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Bove's research interests broadly include the mechanisms and effects of manual therapies on painful conditions such as radiating pain, postoperative pain, and repetitive motion disorders.  A major focus is on pain due to neural inflammation, including effects on autonomic axons, with an eye towards homeostasis.  He has published manuscripts in such venues as Journal of Physiology, JAMA,... Read More



neuropathic pain

pain of endometriosis

human anatomy

neuromusculoskeletal diseases


Barbara Winterson

Department of Biomedical Sciences; Professor of Physiology

(207) 602-2215

Stella Maris

Barbara Winterson, Ph.D. received her BS in Psychology and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland.  She received postdoctoral training in oculomotor systems and neuroscience at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.  She joined the University of New England in 1979.  She has over 30 publications in multiple areas: eyemovements, reflex control and pain, and medical education.  While at UNE she, has taught physiology and neuroscience in graduate health sciences programs using a variety of teaching techniques: lecture, problem-based... Read More


Eye movements; vision; pain mechanisms; reflex motor control; neural plasticity; touch mechanisms; psychophysics

Medical education

Katy Randolph

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

(207) 221-4113

Linnell Hall

Dr. Katherine (Katy) Rudolph is physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE.  She earned an MSPT Boston University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware (UD) in 1998.   After post-doctoral training in the Center for Biodynamics at Boston Universitiy she accepted a faculty position at UD where she remained from September, 1999 thru August, 2011.  She joined the UNE family in September, 2011.  

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rehabilitation research

knee osteoarthritis

electromyography (EMG)


motor control

chronic pain

acute and chronic pain

clinical research