WE STUDY THE CELL TYPES AND CELL STATES UNDERLYING CHRONIC PAIN AND HEADACHE
Animal models of pain at single-cell resolution
Characterizing cell-type-specific molecular adaptations in animal models of chronic pain and headache.
Cell atlas of human sensory neurons
We are building single-cell gene expression datasets of human trigeminal and dorsal root ganglia
EPIGENOMIC mechanisms of nerve regeneration
Axonal injury initiates a transcriptional metamorphosis of sensory neurons into cells focused on regeneration. We are studying the epigenetic mechanisms that mediate this dramatic transformation.
next-generation pain therapeutics
Using single-cell genomics, we are characterizing nociceptor-specific molecular features that can be targeted for the development of highly-selective pain therapeutics.
HUMAN AND MOUSE TRIGEMINAL GANGLION CELL ATLAS
EXPLORE PAIN BIOLOGY AT SINGLE-CELL RESOLUTION
MEET THE TEAM
William Renthal, M.D., Ph.D.
Will is the Director of Headache Research at the John R. Graham Headache Center. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and completed his neurology training at UT Southwestern and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He trained with Dr. Eric Nestler (doctoral) and Dr. Michael Greenberg (postdoctoral).
SHAMSUDDIN BHUIYAN, Ph.D.
Shams uses computational approaches and mathematical models to understand gene expression changes after peripheral nerve injury. Prior to joining the Renthal lab, Shams completed his PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Paul Pavlidis.
HYO JEONG YONG M.S., PH.D.
Hyo is studying the function of nociceptor-specific gene expression. She received her M.S. from Macquarie University and her Ph.D. from Korea University with Dr. Jae Young Seon,
EVANGELIA SEMIZOGLOU, PH.D.
Eva is studying trigeminal ganglion cell types and their function. She received her Ph.D. at Kings College London with Drs. David Andersson and Stuart Bevan.
ERIKA WILLIAMS, M.D., Ph.D.
Erika is studying the cell types of human sensory ganglia and attends as a neuromuscular specialist. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School where she studied the vagus with Dr. Steve Liberles. She then completed her neurology residency and neuromuscular fellowship at Mass General Brigham.
DUSTIN GRIESEMER, M.D., Ph.D.
Dustin is studying gene regulation in human sensory ganglia and is a PGY4 anesthesia resident here at BWH. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School where he studied the function of genetic variation in 3’UTRs with Dr. Pardis Sabeti.
JIAXIANG WANG, M.S.
Jiaxiang is a research scientist and studies gene regulation in sensory neurons. He received his bachelors degree in Neurobiology at UC Davis and his master’s degree in Biotechnology at Brandeis University.
PARTH BHATIA, M.S.
Parth is a research scientist and studies gene regulation in sensory neurons. He received his bachelors degree at Jamie Hamdard University and his masters degree in human genetics at the University of Maryland.
QIYI LI, M.S.
Qiyi is a research scientist and studies the trigeminal ganglion. He received his bachelors degree at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University and his masters degree in Pharmacology from Tufts University.
AHMED MORSI, B.S.
Ahmed is a research scientist and studies molecular features of nociceptors. He received his bachelors degree from Berkeley.
Katerina is an undergraduate student at Emmanuel College where she is majoring in neuroscience. She is studying gene regulation in sensory neurons
Jay is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University where he is majoring in neuroscience. He is working on mechanisms of nociceptor-specific gene expression.
Evangeline is an undergraduate student at Harvard College where she is majoring in neuroscience. She is studying gene regulation in sensory neurons.
Ilona is an undergraduate student at Boston College where she is majoring in neuroscience. She is studying molecular features of nociceptors.
Name – position – years in lab – current position
Angeliki Vgontzas, M.D. – Research fellow – 2018 – 2020 – Assistant Professor of Neurology, Brigham And Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Lite Yang, B.S. – Research Assistant – 2018 – 2021 – Graduate student, Washington University St. Louis
Matas Vitkauskas – Summer student – 2021 – Undergraduate student, YaleNUS College
Mengyi Xu, B.S. – Research Assistant – 2020 – 2022 – Graduate student, McGill University
Jia Li, Ph.D. – Fellow 2021-2023
NEWS AND PHOTOS
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