Our current basic research focuses on mechanisms of anesthesia, pain, and neuronal injury and protection; alcoholism; and ventilator-induced lung injury.
Alcohol Neurobiology and Genetic Engineering
Gregg Homanics, PhD
The Homanics Lab is interested in understanding the effects of alcohol on the body so that safe, effective treatments for alcohol use disorder can be developed.
Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, MBA
The Mahajan Lab’s primary research focus is spinal neural modulation of cardiac electrophysiology and the assessment of cardiac function in heart failure.
Mechanisms of General Anesthesia, Pain, and Neuronal Injury and Protection
Suzanne Doolen, PhD
Dr. Doolen's research objective is to understand the mechanisms that initiate and maintain chronic pain with the goal of developing therapeutic drug targets that outperform those currently available.
Pei Tang, PhD
Research in the Tang Lab focuses on the action of low-affinity drugs, such as general anesthetics and alcohols, on the neurotransmitter-gated receptor channels.
Bradley K. Taylor, PhD
Dr. Taylor's laboratory investigates the mechanisms through which inflammation or injury produces changes in the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain, leading to a transition from acute pain to chronic pain.
Yan Xu, PhD
The Xu Lab research team is one of the leading groups in the world to combine high-resolution and solid-state NMR techniques to solve membrane protein structures at atomic resolution.
Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury (VILI)
Li-Ming Zhang, MD
Dr. Zhang’s current research focuses on identifying the susceptibility genes of VILI via an unbiased genome-wide association study in inbred mice and to evaluate its relevant functional significance.