My current research interests involve examining the role of the endocannabinoid system in chronic pain states. During my PhD training at Virginia Commonwealth University I examined the interaction between endogenous cannabinoid and opioid systems with relevance to pain, tolerance and opioid dependence. In prior work as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, I gained expertise in quantitative sensory testing models evaluating analgesic efficacy of cannabinoids. I also gained additional experience in human psychopharmacology research during my traineeship at the VCU Institute for Drug & Alcohol Studies.
My current research interests includes examining the relationship between altered mRNA expression and functional SNPs of endocannabinoid genes (CB1, CB2, FAAH and TRPV1) and pain sensitivity in chronic pain populations.