July 2021

Undergraduate student, Aysha Gardner, joins the lab with the support of the NIH NIGMS Administrative Supplements to Support Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences.

June 2021

Undergraduate student, Ángel Ortiz, joins the lab with the support of a Stanford University Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education grant.

May 2021

Undergraduate student, Dylan Mayanja, joins the lab with the support of the W&J College’s Merck Internships for Excellence in Science program through Washington and Jefferson College.

April 2021

Graduate student, Gabriella Muwanga, received the 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Award in recognition of her academic excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) achievements.

March 2021

Dr. Tawfik has accepted a position as a Trustee of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)

February 2021

Dr. Tawfik gives introductory lecture on pain mechanisms “The Mystery of Persistent Pain after Injury” at Cafe Scientifique through the Stanford Blood Center.


November 2020

Dr. Tawfik has accepted a position as a member of The British Journal of Anaesthesia Associate Editorial Board.

June 2020

The Tawfik lab virtually welcomed four students for the summer! The students worked on independent projects, participated in lab meetings, and presented at journal club. Claire (top left) is a rising junior at Stanford and is also active in lab during the academic year; however, she began a clinically focused project this summer. Aysha (top right) is a rising junior at Santa Clara University and contributed to the lab with her writing skills during her first summer with the lab. Fiona (bottom left) is a rising senior at UC Davis and returned for her third summer with the lab to work on a genetics-related project. Juhee (bottom right) is a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia and focused on an ortho-trauma review during her second summer with the lab. They have all been wonderful additions to the Tawfik lab!

January 2020

The Tawfik Lab, in collaboration with the labs of Dr. David Clark and Dr. Thomas Rando, publishes a study on how a commonly used anti-hypertensive may reproduce the effects of exercise on muscle regeneration in The Journal of Physiology.

October 2019

Claire presented her summer research on marmoset spinal cord glia at the Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS). For her project, Claire used immunohistochemistry (IHC) to compare glial distribution and activation between mouse and marmoset spinal cord tissue following peripheral injury.

October 2019

Lauren joined the lab as a postdoc after completing her PhD in Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is excited to investigate the glial contribution to acute and chronic pain conditions. She is looking forward to working with the wonderful people in the Tawfik lab!

September 2019

The Tawfik Lab is pleased to announce that Janelle Doyle will be joining the lab as a Neurosciences PhD student! Janelle completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at California State University, San Bernardino and then entered the Neurosciences Graduate Program at Stanford. She is excited to conduct research that has the potential to help those suffering from chronic pain, especially since she gets to work with her favorite cell type — glia! She is passionate about science communication and diversity in science, and is very happy to have found her lab home.

March 2019

Stanford Medicine magazine article featuring our research.

March 2019

Stanford Scope article highlighting parts of the article.

May 2018

Vivianne, Elena and Thomas attend the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference (WARC) in San Diego, CA. Elena wins first prize for oral presentations for her talk entitled “A structured research program during residency increases academic productivity of graduates: the Stanford Experience.

May 2018

Emily Johnson joins the lab as a clinical research assistant.

May 2018

Stephanie Cordonnier joins the lab as a medical student intern from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine.

April 2018

Vivianne presents at the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

March 2018

Dr. Tawfik is interviewed for Stanford Scope.

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