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Erin Young, PhD

Assistant Professor
B.A Wesleyan College (Biology) M.A. Kent State University (Biological Psychology) PhD. Kent State University (Biological Psychology) Postdoctoral Research Associate Texas A& M University (Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience) Postdo Research Associate. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • International Society of Nurses in Genetics
  • International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society
  • Women in Medicine and Science  (WIMS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Research Interest:

Dr. Erin Young earned her MS and PhD in Biological Psychology at Kent State University (Kent, OH). She then completed postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University where her work focused primarily on the impact of stressful experiences on acute and chronic pain outcomes following inflammation using mouse models and human translational research approaches. She subsequently moved to the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research where her work focused primarily on genetic contributions to pain susceptibility utilizing translational approaches from the bench to the clinical setting. The focus of her research program is to understand how genetics contributes to individual differences in pain severity and chronic pain risk. Current lab studies are focused on understanding the contributions of genetic variation and transcriptional profiles to the development of chronic painful conditions. The overall goal of this work is to identify key genetic mechanisms of risk that can be targeted for novel therapeutics designed to treat pain at its source thereby reducing the need for opioids and other medications for the treatment of pain. Dr. Young works with PhD students as well M1/M2 students interested in integrating research experience into their medical training.

Last modified: Jul 22, 2020


Erin Young, PhD
Assistant Professor

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