Participate in Research

The below laboratories are currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students.

Burman Lab

Faculty Information: Michael Burman, Ph.D., associate professor Department of Psychology, CAS

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.

Neuroscience Research: Can We Reduce the Effects of Neonatal Trauma on the Brain?

Faculty Information: Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., 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.

Fruit Flies and Chronic Pain

Goode Lab

Faculty Information: Diana Goode, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Biomedical Science Department, COM.

Dr. Goode's lab studies at mitochondrial function and neuro-immune interactions in post herpetic neuralgia.

Email Diana Goode, Ph.D.

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. Learn more on the Harrison Lab website.

Neuroplasticity and Systems Biology Research

Houseknecht Lab

Faculty Information: Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., professor in COM, and the associate provost for Research and Scholarship. 

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., 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.

Mechanistic Analysis of Pain

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.

Molliver Lab

Faculty Information: Derek Molliver, Ph.D., 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.

Rosene Lab

Faculty Information: John Rosene, DPE, ATC, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, associate clinical professor in the Exercise and Sport Performance Department.  

Currently, his research investigates head impacts and their possible connection to concussions in athletics, and potential interventions to reduce these injuries.

Rudolph Lab

Faculty Information: Katherine Rudolph, P.T., Ph.D., 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.

Stackhouse Lab

Faculty Information: Scott Stackhouse P.T., Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy in WCHP

Dr. Stackhouse’s current research is looking at the neuromodulation of the pain system in chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Stevenson Lab

Faculty Information: Glenn Stevenson, Ph.D., 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.

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.