Team

Bradley Taylor

Bradley Taylor

Professor

Professor

 

Email: BKT@pitt.edu

Telephone: 412-624-2092

   

Education: 

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

  • PhD, University of California, San Diego

  • BS, University of California, Davis

 

In his free time Brad is a special needs advocate and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pittsburgh region and teaching chess and tennis to children.

Ghanshyam Sinha

Ghanshyam Sinha

Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

   

Email: gps25@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Project: How do spinal dorsal horn Y1R expressing neurons contribute to nerve injury associated pain? Do the Y1 neurons’ spinal circuitry transmit increased activity to supraspinal regions of the nervous system after injury? Is the increased activity long lasting?

   

Education: PhD, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA

   

In his free time Ghanshyam enjoys spending time with his family and travelling.

Diogo Francisco da Silva dos Santos

Diogo Francisco da Silva dos Santos

Post Doc

Post Doc

   

Email: diogof@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Projects:

  • Improving the pharmacological profile of NMDA receptor antagonists by investigating whether subtype selectivity could achieve a better therapeutic index for chronic pain.

  • Investigating whether opioid and Y1 receptor signaling keeps latent sensitization in a state of remission.

  • Evaluating sex differences in pioglitazone-mediated anti-hyperalgesia in multiple pain models.

 

Education: 

  • PhD and MSc, School of Applied Sciences, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

  • B.A. in Physical Therapy at São Francisco University, Brazil.

   

In his free time Diogo enjoys running and eating burgers.

Pranav Prasoon

Pranav Prasoon

Post Doc

Post Doc

   

Email: Pranav25@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Projects:

  • Investigating co-expression and potential interaction of NPY1R and MOR in the superficial dorsal horn of the spinal cord.

  • Transcriptional profiling of spinal cord in the murine model of latent sensitization using RNAseq

  • Investigating opioid-induced hyperalgesia induced, MORca-masked, latent sensitization.

   

Education:

  • PhD from AIIMS, New Delhi, India.

  • M.Sc. from CUSAT, Kerala, India.

   

In his free time Pranav enjoys swimming and travelling.

Christopher Norris

Christopher Norris

Post Doc

Post Doc

 

Email: CHN55@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-641-0253

   

Project: Investigating the role of MOR+ neurons in the transition from acute to chronic pain and endocannabinoid involvement in latent sensitization.

   

Education: 

  • BA and MSc, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • PhD, University of Western Ontario

   

In his free time Chris enjoys playing video games and going to the gym.

Paramita Basu

Paramita Basu

Post Doc

Post Doc

 

Email:  pab171@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Projects:

  • Cellular pathways and sex differences in latent sensitization inhibited by Kappa opioid receptor.

  • Contribution of neuropeptide Y2 receptor in latent sensitization.

   

Education:

  • BS: Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta, India

  • MS: Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India

  • PhD: In Molecular Biology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

   

In her free time Paramita enjoys travelling, listening to music and reading.

Yanmei Qi

Yanmei Qi

Post Doc

Post Doc

 

Email: yanmei.qi@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Project: Investigating the synaptic mechanisms for latent pain sensitization in the spinal cord.

 

Education: 

  • B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Huazhong Agricultural University, China
 
  • M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular biology at Huazhong Agricultural University, China
 
  • PhD in n Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience at Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
 
  • Postdoc at Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
   

In her free time Yanmei enjoys playing with her baby daughter and reading books.

Kayla Nguyen

Kayla Nguyen

Post Doc

Post Doc

 

Email: KMURPHY@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

   

Project: Dissect the contribution of peripheral neuronal activity in EAE-induced chronic neuropathic pain and changes to activity in spinal neurons.

   

Education:

B.A. in in Biological Sciences & Political Science at Hartwick College

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Drexel University

Abigail Hellman

Abigail Hellman

Post Doc

Post Doc

 

Email: ash148@pitt.edu

 

Phone: 412-648-4095

 

Project:    I study Gi-coupled neuropeptide Y (NPY) Y1 expressing interneurons (Y1-INs) in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord with the overarching goal of elucidating pain circuits that can be targeted by new analgesic drugs that can successfully be implemented in the clinic.

 

Education:

 

PhD, Albany Medical College

BA, Carleton College

 

In her free time, Abigail enjoys doing anything that involves being outside.

Peter Jukkola

Peter Jukkola

Lab Supervisor

Lab Supervisor

 

Email: peter.jukkola@pitt.edu

Phone: 860-942-2986

Education: 

  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

  • BS in Biology, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA

In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, singing hymns, and nature photography.

Nina Gakii

Nina Gakii

Research Scientist

Research Scientist

 

Email: nig47@pitt.edu

 

Telephone: 412 648 4095

   

Projects:

  • Investigating whether primary afferent activity drives latent sensitization.

 
  • Investigating development of pain hypersensitivity in the Lepr/db mutated diabetic mouse focusing on genotype and sex difference.

 
  • Collaboration with Dr.Onifer at Palmer Center for Chiropractic research: Establishing a pERK Immunohistochemistry protocol for SNI rat spinal cord.

     

Undergraduate Institution: University of Kentucky

   

In her free time Nina enjoys running and watching movies.

Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson

PhD student

Neurobiology PhD Student

 

Email: tsn11@pitt.edu

Telephone: 412-648-4095

   

Project: Characterizing the neuropeptide Y1 receptor-expressing interneuron population in the spinal cord dorsal horn and its role in mediating neuropathic pain.

   

Undergraduate Institution: Wofford College

   

In his free time Tyler enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and traveling the world.

Sydney Lamerand

Sydney Lamerand

PhD Student

PhD Student

 

Email Address:  SRL57@pitt.edu

 

Phone: 412-648-4095 (Lab phone)

 

Projects:  

 

1) Investigating the role of spinal glia in multiple sclerosis related neuropathic pain

2) Examining the ability of S1P receptor signaling in the central amygdala to attenuate chronic pain behavior

 

Education:

BS in Biology & BS in Psychology – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

 

In her free time, Sydney enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Ron Sivak

Ron Sivak

Lab technician

Lab Technician

 

Email: ROS104@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-4095

 

Manages genotyping for the lab's transgenic mouse colony.

   

In his free time Ron enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

Adam Brandner

Adam Brandner

Research Technician

Research Technician

 

Email Address:  ajb295@pitt.edu

 

Phone: 412-648-4095 (Lab phone)

 

Projects:  

 

1) Investigating the role of the parabrachial nucleus in facilitating latent sensitization via descending pain pathways

2) Characterizing and modulating KOR+ neurons in primary pain afferents

 

Education:  B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology, Allegheny College

 

In his free time, Adam enjoys disc golfing, skiing, and cooking new recipes.

Megan Schadle

Megan Schadle

Research Technician

Research Technician

 

Email:  MLS292@pitt.edu

 

Phone:  412-648-4095

   

Manages lab animal facilities and animal colony maintenance.

   

Education:  B.S. from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

   

In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, running, and traveling.