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Laboratory Technicians

Tanishua Bynum  (Lab Technician III) 

Eisenach Group

Bynum_TanishuaTanishua joined the PML in September, 2002.  She received a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor from UNC Greensboro.  Currently, Tanishua is working on the study of Cox-1 in a post operative pain model.  In the past, she has worked on several projects including the use of the chronic inflammatory neuritis model to determine the mechanism that clonidine uses to produce an anti-inflammatory phenotype immune response and relieve pain.  Earlier, her primary work with Dr. Li, focused on Adenosine modulators in the treatment of pain (T62).   

In the future, Tanishua is looking towards a career in healthcare that may help her in clinical research.

Renee Parker (Lab Technician III)
Pain Center


Renee joined the group on April 19, 2005 after moving to Winston-Salem from Pittsburgh, PA.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science with a science concentration from Kansas State University, December 2000.

Renee was born and raised in the front range of Colorado. She has worked at Nestle Purina PetCare Product Technology Center, as a PetCare technician, helping with pet food protocols and animal care. She is hoping to return to school soon to start working on her Masters Degree. Renee is currently a technician in the Pain Center Core under Dr. Eisenach. 

Tracy Strassburg (Lab Technician II)
Martin Group 


Strassburg TracyTracy joined the Department of Anesthesiology in June of 2015.  She has a Psychology degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She is currently a technician in the pain mechanisms lab under the direct supervision of Susy Kim and PI, DR. Thomas Martin.    

At home, Tracy enjoys the company of her daughter, Taylor, her husband, Doug, the family dog, Jane, and their 9 chickens.  She loves the outdoors, appreciates great food, and genuine friendships.  

Susy Kim (Research Assistant)
Martin Group

Kim_SuzySusy started working in the Department of Physiology/Pharmacology in 1991. She has a Bachelors of Biology from Wesleyan University which is located in Middletown, CT. The main focus of her research was in the area of drug abuse. She joined the Department of Anesthesiology in 2002 after her PI, Dr. Thomas Martin, began collaborating with Dr. Eisenach whose main focus was pain mechanisms. Her work then transitioned into looking at drug self-administration in animals with chronic pain.

Outside the lab, Susy spends time with her daughter, Isabel, and her pets, which include 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 chickens. She also enjoys coaching and swimming with the Gateway Seadragon swim team where her daughter has been a member for the last 4 years. Her interests include yoga, running and kayaking. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career that involves both physical and mental well being.



Aschenbrenner-CarolCarol joined the pain mechanisms lab in May of 2012.  She earned her bachelor's degree from Salem College (2009) and her master's degree from Wake Forest University (2011), both in mathematics.  Her thesis concentration included the study of randomness, equal representation and sampling. Carol currently collaborates with investigators in the group to develop appropriate study design, randomization, data collection methods and analysis for a wide array of both clinical and laboratory projects.

Coming from the somewhat harsh climate of Missouri where she grew up, Carol truly appreciates the North Carolina weather which lends itself well to spending time outdoors year-around.  She enjoys walking, biking, playing with her two dogs and assisting her sons with their math homework whenever they allow.



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