I am an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP), and the Center for Clinical Pharmacology at STLCOP and WashU School of Medicine.
I started my path here by completing undergraduate degrees (in Biology and Psychology) and a Masters of Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
From there I did my PhD in Neurosciences at WashU with Michael Bruchas. The two main focuses of my research in the Bruchas lab was on the neural circuitry responsible for the anxiolytic effects of beta-blockers and in pioneering new wireless technology to manipulate neural circuitry, the latter in close collaboration with John Rogers group of amazing materials scientists and engineers. I stayed at WashU as postdoctoral research associate with Rob Gereau studying pain neurophysiology and developing new approaches to behavioral analysis.
My plan is to lead a multidisciplinary research program aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the emotional distress associated with stress, chronic pain, and addiction. The long-term goal of the laboratory is to take basic, circuit-level neuroscience research and actively apply these findings to advance therapeutic options for patients. In large part, this goal will be achieved through the development of new neural interfacing technologies through collaborative efforts with materials scientists, chemical and electrical engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and clinicians.
I do my best to carve out free time with my family and try to reduce my BMI (though I know that’s a flawed metric).
THE TEAM (in Alphabetical order)
Most of these fine people also work as part of the Al-Hasani lab, which will one day have its own website (probably).
RASHEED ABIOSE - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER
JOEL ARACKAL - PHARMD STUDENT
BHOOMA ARAVAMUTHAN, MD/DPhil - ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
KIA BARCLAY - BP-ENDURE SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER
JOHN BILBILY, MD - WUSM PSYCHIATRY RESIDENT
PRIYANKA CHILUKURI - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER (WUSTL)
SINEADH CONWAY, PhD - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
JAZMIN GARCIA - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER (WUSTL)
GRAY GEREAU - RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
SARAH HUNTER - BP-ENDURE SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER
JENNY KIM - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER (WUSTL)
MANISH MADASU, PhD - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
MARWA MIKATI - DBBS NEUROSCIENCE MD/PhD STUDENT
MAKENZIE NORRIS - DBBS NEUROSCIENCE PhD STUDENT
SREEMATHI PALANISAMY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER (STLCOP)
KYLE PARKER, PhD - INSTRUCTOR
LOC THANG, MD/PhD - CLINICAL PAIN FELLOW (WUSTL ANESTHESIOLOGY)
INDIA SHELLEY - UNDERGRAD RESEARCHER (WUSTL)
CHAYLA VAZQUEZ - DBBS NEUROSCIENCE PhD ROTATION STUDENT
ESTHER TAK - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER (STLCOP)