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Postdoctoral Fellows

Olivia Eller-Smith

Olivia Eller-Smith, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Kyle Baumbauer

More than 100 million Americans currently live with chronic pain, which is more than those suffering from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Unfortunately, the etiology of many chronic pain disorders is unknown, which has led to a lack of effective treatment options. My research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying chronic pain to close the gaps in our knowledge. Specifically, I will be studying how inflammation or nerve injury affects the function of nociceptors, which are sensory nerve endings that when sensitized, contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain. Additionally, I will be studying how satellite glial cells that reside around nociceptor cell bodies in the dorsal root ganglia influence nociceptor function. Our goal is to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of chronic pain.

RForight

Rebecca Foright, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow 
Mentor: Julie Christianson

My broad research interests include exercise, body weight regulation, sex differences, and stress. Under the guidance of Drs. Christianson and Thyfault, my current projects are focused on the mechanisms responsible for the increased risk of developing obesity following early life stress and a role for exercise in mitigating that risk

PYenWu

Pau Yen Wu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

My broad research interest is to understand the key modulators in the transition from acute to chronic pain with a focus on the effects of mood disorders on chronic pain. Currently, I focus on strain/genetic differences on stress-induced chronic pain, especially on visceral pain. This study can reveal potential genes contribute to visceral pain and provide a therapeutic target for interstitial cystitis /bladder pain syndrome patient.

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