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Pain Mech Lab
Dr. Eisenach, Dr. Ririe, and Dr. Boada collaborating in the new lab area

The new facility includes approximately 6,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory and office space.  The new Pain Labs have been designed and built to support the operational philosophy that is the cornerstone of the Pain Lab's multidisciplinary research programs. These new resources are vast and include molecular biochemistry, cell culture, DNA, radioactivity, histology, animal behavior and holding, perfusion, tissue culture, electrophysiology, and support cores.


Conference room - multi-functional area used for meetings, presentations, lab functions, break room, etc. This central room allows for interaction among lab members and collaborators.

Lab Seminar

Weekly seminars, for the lab, collaborators, students and fellows encourage and facilitate the development of new ideas, techniques and future collaborations.

Surgery Room

The surgery room has 4 areas with anesthetic chambers, 2 high powered microscopes and stereotaxic apparatuses to aid with procedures.

Ririe Lab 1

Pictured is a stimulation activity box used with viral vectors and DREADS in the novel approach of optogenetics.

Ririe Lab 2

Members of the lab are very innovative and knowledgeable in research and development of equipment required to generate and access behavioral data.

Animal Core Lab

Neurobehavior labs house various assays purposed to explore complex behaviors in animal pain models.  Assays include running wheel, five choice & etc…

Imaging Room 1

Due to our increased output of immunohistochemical data, we currently have 2 fluorescence microscopes capable of capturing brilliant images and data analysis.

Imaging Room 2

The Nikon NI is our newer fluorescence microscope that allows for more automated imaging technology.  Also pictured, is our calcium imaging system.


Electrophys room is used to record sensory neurons & develop effective techniques to characterize physiological functions.

Molecular Biochemistry

A vast majority of time is spent in our main molecular/biochemistry lab that includes many workstations for HPLC, immunohistochemistry, ELISA’s, western blotting & etc…

Molecular Biochemistry 2

Each workstation is equipped with supplies and equipment relevant for different procedures.  Another area is used for making solutions/reagents that includes a water purification system.

Molecular Biochemistry 3

2 Eicom HTEC-500 HPLC systems with autosamplers currently measuring Noradrenalin from brain/spinal cord microdialysates with capability to look at other chemicals, etc...

Radioactivity Room

The radioactive room is equipped with 2 Brandel suprafusion units, a centrifuge and beta scintillation counter.

Cell Culture DNA 1

With multiple incubators, a biosafety cabinet and other equipment, our cell culture lab is a self-contained area, focusing on good sterile lab procedures.

Cell Culture DNA 2

Within a private room of the cell culture lab, this area allows for DNA, RNA and PCR work.

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