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.


The racial inequities that exist in our society are evident all around us.

Just look at #COVID19.

Communities of color are overwhelmingly impacted.

We must continue to work toward a more just, equitable future.

I know a lot of folks are wishing everyone would get on to positive things and stop perseverating on racism and the recent killings of unarmed black people.

Trust me—we’ve been wishing that for centuries now. Please allow yourselves to be uncomfortable and disrupted, too.

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Glial Biology


Peripheral injury

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Basic Pain Mechanisms

Perioperative pain

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