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Amynah Pradhan PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Pradhan’s research focuses on the neuropharmacology of opioid receptors. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill University, where she studied the behaviorally relevant populations of mu and delta opioid receptors, and interactions between them. Dr. Pradhan then did a postdoctoral fellowship at AstraZeneca Montreal, where she helped characterize a novel protein involved with pain processing.

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Jhoan Aguilar

  • Research Volunteer

Jhoan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology. He is now a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program of Neuroscience. Jhoan is interested in investigating the molecular role of addiction and he is currently rotating in the lab of Dr. Amynah Pradhan.

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Zachariah Bertels

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Zach received his Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2016. He joined the lab in 2016 and his work focuses on the effect of delta opioid receptors on cortical spreading depression and migraine as a whole.

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Isacc Dripps PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Isaac received his PhD in Pharmacology from University of Michigan in 2017. He joined the lab in 2017 and is investigating how neuropeptides and opioid signaling regulate migraine-associated pain.

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Elizaveta Mangutov BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant

Elizaveta received her Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She joined the Pradhan Lab in 2020 and her work focuses on the effect of delta opioid receptors on opioid induced hyperalgesia, cortical spreading depression, and migraine.

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Laura Segura Moye PhD

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Laura received her BSc in Neuroscience and Spanish in 2014 from Agnes Scott College, and joined the lab in 2015. For her thesis project, she is studying how delta opioid receptor activation regulates headache-associated pain using mouse models of post-traumatic headache, chronic migraine, medication overuse headache, and opioid-induced hyperalgesia.

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Kendara Siegersma

  • Research Specialist

Kendra received her BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University in 2012. She joined the lab in 2017 and is the general lab manager.

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Wiktor Witkowski

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

Wiktor is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, working towards a BS in Neuroscience. He is a member of the Honors College, and joined the lab in 2017. He is working on the role of delta opioid receptors in migraine.

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