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Doug E. Wright, PhD

Professional Background

Douglas Wright, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Wright completed his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and his postdoctoral studies at Washington University. He serves as a Professor and the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Wright’s current research addresses diseases and conditions that peripheral sensation and pain. His laboratory uses mouse genetic models to explore the pathogenesis of nerve dysfunction and pain, as well as testing interventions through translational research in human patients suffering from peripheral nerve disease and pain.
Dr. Wright research is currently funded by grants from the NIH and his work in diabetes complications has been recognized through receipt of a KUMC Faculty Research Investigator Award and a Cure Award from the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Wright has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards, including the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the KUMC Excellence in Mentoring Award. Since 2010, Dr. Wright has led the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) which supports research training and infrastructure at 10 Universities in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Education and Training
  • BS, Biology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience, University of Kentucky, Dept. Anatomy and Neurobiology, Lexington, KY
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, Dept. Neurology, St. Louis, MO



We are a research laboratory in Kansas City that studies peripheral nerves, sensation, and pain. Our laboratory, known as the Sensory Nerve Disorder Lab, works to identify interventions and treatments to improve nerve damage, neuropathy and pain. Our laboratory has a rich history of training young scientists for careers in various academic, teaching and industry careers.