Robert Messing
Research Interests

My primary discipline is neuroscience, and my major areas of technical expertise are in molecular pharmacology, molecular biology, and animal behavior. My laboratory studies pain and addiction-related behaviors in mice and rats using a variety of molecular (gene targeting and editing, transgenic expression, RNA interference, RNAseq) and circuit mapping (electrophysiology, optogenetics, immunohistochemistry) techniques. The goal of our work is to discover new drug targets for treating addictive disorders and chronic pain. My research has led to ongoing collaborative efforts with medical chemists to develop inhibitors of protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε) as treatments for chronic pain and alcohol use disorder.

Typical student contributions to my research
CW Kittleman contributed histological data to: DIlly GA et al, Transl. Psychiatry 12:289, 2022
B Moskowitz and S Patil contributed to data analysis in Ferguson LB, et al Brain Sci. 9(12). pii: E381, 2019.
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