Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab

Katie Martucci, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Originally from Connecticut, I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005 with a BS in Physiology and Neurobiology.  I then moved to North Carolina and completed my PhD in 2011 under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Coghill at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  During my graduate career, I conducted research on the temporal aspect of pain processing (how noxious thermal stimuli are processed over time by the nervous system) using both psychophysics and fMRI.  Primarily, my dissertation focused on elucidating the mechanisms supporting offset analgesia, a pain phenomenon that exemplifies how the offset of pain is temporally enhanced by the nervous system at the end of a noxious stimulus.

Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, I am working on the MAPP study (Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain), a collaborative multi-site project investigating chronic pelvic pain. 

Some of my additional research interests include plasticity of the central nervous system, opioid-induced hyperalgesia, and complex regional pain syndrome.  One of my broad goals is to identify specific biomarkers using neuroimaging techniques (structural and functional MRI) and pain psychophysics to help classify subsets of chronic pain conditions that would be potentially more responsive to various therapies.  Also, I would like to advance the understanding of how central nervous system plasticity contributes to chronic pain.

Aside from research I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, hiking and traveling.  I also rely on yoga classes and running for stress relief!


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