Arizona Health Sciences

Research Track Faculty

Research Track Faculty

Sally Dickinson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: Etiology of UV-induced non-melanoma skin cancerUV and ROS-induced stress signaling in the cellChemoprevention of skin cancerTLR4 and skin cancer
Kevin J Gaffney
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Tally Largent-Milnes, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Blood Brain Barrier Chronic Pain Headache Drug Delivery Drug Discovery Neuroscience/Neuropharmacology Sex Differences Synaptic physiology TBI
Yeon Sun Lee
Research Associate Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Peptide and Peptidomimetic Drug Design Peptide Structure-Function Topographical Considerations in Molecular Recognition Organic, Amino Acid and Peptide Synthesis Pain mechanisms and Drug Abuse
Jeffrey J. Lochhead, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Inflammatory pain induced alterations in the blood-brain barrier including brain uptake of opioid drugs and paracellular permeability changes due to tight junction modifications. Mechanisms governing intranasal drug delivery to the CNS. Pathophysiological changes affecting intranasal drug delivery to the CNS.
Edita Navratilova, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Research Interests: Neuropharmacology of pain; brain circuits for pain, relief of pain and reward; opioid neurotransmission; mechanisms of acute and chronic pain.
Jennifer G. Schnellmann, PhD
Associate Professor
Margaret E Tome, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
George Watts, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Research Interests: Currently Dr. Watts is utilizing next-generation sequencing to perform whole genome analysis of pathogens in clinical infections to improve diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Watts has developed methods to isolate pathogens from samples types such as swabs, tissue, and whole blood that allow both 16s rRNA sequencing and whole genome sequencing without the need for culture. In collaboration with Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering), Dr. David Armstrong (Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance) and Dr. Lee Cranmer (University of Washington, Seattle), and Dr. Faiz Anwer (UA Cancer Center), Dr. Watts is testing next-generation sequencing in diabetic foot ulcers and neutropenic fever patients.
Yanhua Xie, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Pharmacology; Neurobiology of pain. Behavioral, neurochemical and neuroanatomical tools to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the sensory, and especially the affective, dimensions of pain in the preclinical settings in order to facilitate the identification of new drug targets relevant to pain relief in humans and to improve translation from the research lab to the clinic.