Aspiring Physician-Scientist Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Alexander ChamessianThe Grass Foundation has awarded Alexander Chamessian, an MD/PhD candidate working in the labs of Duke Anesthesiology’s Drs. Ru-Rong Ji and Thomas Van de Ven, a Grass Fellowship for his project, titled “Deciphering Pain and Itch Circuitry in the Spinal Dorsal Horn using Permanent Activity-Dependent Labeling, Electrophysiology, and Single-Cell Transcriptomics.”

The Grass Fellowship Program is the hallmark program of The Grass Foundation which supports research and education in neuroscience. It supports investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their careers. Thanks to this award, Chamessian will spend 14 weeks this summer at Woods Hole working on his project.

Chamessian’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of nociception, with an emphasis on chronic pain. He is currently pursuing his PhD jointly with Dr. Ji in the Pain Signaling and Sensory Plasticity Laboratory and Dr. Van de Ven in the Nerve Injury and Pain Mechanism Laboratory. Both labs are part of Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine which represents a novel entity that is transforming the way painful conditions are diagnosed and treated.

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