Participate in Research

The below laboratories are currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students.

Burman Lab

Michael Burman
Professor of Psychology
Project Leader, COBRE
Academic Director, School of Social and Behavioral 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.

Can We Reduce the Effects of Neonatal Trauma on the Brain?

Headshot of Ling Cao
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Chair, IACUC

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.

Ling Cao assists a student with a microscope

Ganter Lab

Headshot of Geoff Ganter
Professor of Biology
Co-Director, Histology and Imaging Core

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

Headshot of Diana Goode
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

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

A close-up image of hands in purple latex gloves preparing a petri dish

Harrison Lab

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Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

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

Neuroplasticity and Systems Biology Research

Houseknecht Lab

Headshot of Karen Houseknecht
Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

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.

Karen Houseknecht reviews research data with a student

King Lab

Headshot of Tamara King
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Behavior Core

Dr. King’s 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

Meng Lab

Headshot of Ian Meng
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function
Director, Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

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

Developing More Effective Treatments for Corneal Pain

Molliver Lab

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Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Histology and Imaging Core

Dr. Molliver’s research is focused on intracellular signaling mechanisms regulating the functional plasticity of sensory neurons in chronic pain states.

U N E faculty member Derek Molliver, Ph.D., does research in his lab with a U N E student

Rosene Lab

John Rosene
Clinical Professor
Department of Exercise and Sport Performance

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

A student checks the ankle of a U N E softball player

Rudolph Lab

Katy Randolph
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

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.

Katherine Rudolph uses a MedDoc AlgoMed on a patient to get pressure pain data

Stackhouse Lab

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

Professor Stackhouse in the Physical Therapy Research Lab with a patient

Stevenson Lab

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.

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Tucker Lab

Headshot of Kerry Tucker
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

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.

A close-up of hands preparing bacteria in a petri dish