Tawfik Laboratory

Rigorous science done by passionate people

Our Mission

Our mission is to do the best clinically-informed basic science to advance our understanding of the neuroimmune contribution to chronic pain in a thoughtful manner with our patients always in mind.

In order to further understand the mechanisms that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain, we use a variety of approaches that span behavioral to cellular. We are particularly excited about techniques that can be translated to humans including live animal imaging and whole cell mass cytometry.


@pradiptaray's new work is now online @biorxiv_neursci https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.11.27.470190v1 with coauthors @sshiers1 @dianatavf @ish1789 @mike_doc_B
To my knowledge, this is the largest transcriptomic study of human neuropathic pain DRGs to date with more than 50 samples analyzed

Anterograde transsynaptic tracing!

Awesome work @jschoggins and team.
Neuroscience thanks you 🤓



Interested in animal pain models + measures? Check out this new @NatRevNeurosci review from @JeffreyMogil, @Dr_CherylStucky and me! We examined @PAINthejournal papers to determine if/how preclinical practices in pain research have changed over the years! https://www.nature.com/articles/s41583-021-00536-7

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Glial Biology


Peripheral injury

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Basic Pain Mechanisms

Perioperative pain

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