Participate in Research
The below laboratories are currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students.
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.
Can We Reduce the Effects of Neonatal Trauma on the Brain?
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 ongoing clinical projects for medical students, which are in collaboration with the Mercy Pain Center.
Dr. Houseknecht 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.
Current Meng Lab research is primarily focused on chronic dry eye syndrome.
Developing More Effective Treatments for Corneal Pain
Currently, his research investigates head impacts and their possible connection to concussions in athletics, and potential interventions to reduce these injuries.
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.