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Faculty Preceptors

Christopher Benson, MD

Christopher Benson, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Pharmacology  

Characterization of ASICs and their role in nociceptive, taste and mechanical stimuli

Timothy Brennan, MD, PhD

Dr. Samir D. Gergis Professor of Anesthesia
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesia
Professor of Pharmacology  

Mechanisms for peripheral sensitization in pathologic pain state

Songhai Chen, MD, PhD 

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine  

How heterotrimeric G protein signaling regulates leukocyte migration and how aberrant G protein signaling contributes to tumor growth, metastasis and pain

Beverly Davidson, PhD

Beverly Davidson, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neurology
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine  

Development of novel molecular medicines for the treatment of genetic diseases

Laura Frey Law, MPT, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Effects of pain and fatigue on motor function; mathematical muscle modelin

Donna Hammond, PhD

Professor of Anesthesia
Professor of Pharmacology  

Central and peripheral mechanisms of persistent pain

Keela Herr, BSN, PhD

Keela Herr, BSN, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Nursing
Co-Director, John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence  
Professor of Nursing

Pain assessment and management in the older adult

Matthew Howard, MD

Matthew Howard, MD

Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Neurosurgery
John C. VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Otolaryngology  

Neural basis of audition; Interventional approaches to pain management

Toshi Kitamoto, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Associate Professor of Pharmacology  

How diets affect the nervous system and modulate genetically inherited neurological defects

Barbara Rakel, BSN, PhD

Barbara Rakel, BSN, PhD

Associate Professor of Nursing

Non-pharmacologic interventions to reduce acute and persistent movement pain

Kathleen Sluka, PhD

Kathleen Sluka, PhD

Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain and analgesia

Yuriy Usachev, PhD

Yuriy Usachev, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Anesthesia 

Michael Welsh, MD

Michael Welsh, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Moleculary Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neurosurgery 

Diagnosis and therapy of lung disease; Biology of ASICs and their role in fear and neurological diseases

John Wemmie, MD, PhD

John Wemmie, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Neurosurgery

Mechanism for ASIC activation in vivo and its role in synaptic plasticity

Meng Wu, PhD

Meng Wu, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Natural Products and Medicine Chemistry

Molecular probe/drug lead discovery via high-throughput screening and assay development