Pain and Pain Mechanisms

Growth factors and sensory neuron function in pain and nerve injury.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity.
Mechanisms of pain and pain modulation.
Development, plasticity and pain processing in sensory neurons and in the spinal dorsal horn.
Genetics of individual variability in pain and analgesia; interactions between stress and pain systems.
The goal of our research is to functionally dissect the neural circuits that underlie pain and itch.
Neural circuits and behavior