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Eric M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Neuroscience and pain, cancer biology, autism

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Pain Modulation

Chronic pain affects tens of millions of people in the US yearly. This pain can be severe, persistent or come and go. This consistent pain leads to heightened anxiety, trouble sleeping and increased depression in suffering individuals leading to decrease in the quality of life. What are the factors involved influencing our pain responses? Can we target specific areas to better relieve pain? How is pain studied and how well do these methods translate to human subjects? What are the gaps in our knowledge and how can we close them? Possible project ideas are writing a review paper or interviewing pain researchers and creating podcast.

Understanding Autism

The rate of autism is growing but researchers are unsure what is causing this rise. While scientists have found genetic components associated with the increase in autism, understanding what is causing the rise must first be uncovered. What are some environmental factors responsible for this increase? How can we change these environmental factors to reduce the incidence of autism? Possible project ideas are writing a review paper or interviewing autism researchers and creating podcast.

Cancer Biology

Cancer is a disease where there is uncontrollable growth and spreading of the body's cells to other parts of the body. There are more than 100 different cancer types in humans. What type of symptoms do patients experience? How are these currently treated? What are new ways researchers are targeting cancer for treatment? Possible project ideas are writing a review paper or interviewing cancer researchers and creating podcast.

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