Dr. Benedict Kolber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Research and Education Coordinator for the Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis and also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Ben is with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.
Dr. Kolber has over 10 years experience doing neuroscience research. His graduate work with Dr. Louis Muglia, M.D., Ph.D. looked at the role of the endocrine stress response in the modulation of stress adaptation, depression, and anxiety. His post-doctoral work with Dr. Robert Gereau IV, Ph.D. focused on understanding the role of the brain in the modulation of acute and chronic pain. Ben also has extensive experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching interests focus on teaching neuroscience, endocrinology, physiology, and in utilizing innovative teaching techniques in the classroom. Currently, the Kolber lab works to understand the common mechanisms of chronic pain and psychiatric illness. This is done by integrating cutting-edge behavioral, pharmacological, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques to understand the mechanisms of stress and pain. Information about Dr. Kolber and his lab can be found at www.kolberlab.com.