LaTasha K. Crawford
Position title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Phone: (608) 265-2418
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
V.M.D, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Postdoctoral in Pain Neurobiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
My research program uses my expertise in neuroscience and veterinary pathology to progress toward an ultimate goal: to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pain and peripheral neuropathies. My lab uses an array of techniques including multichannel fluorescent microscopy for whole mount tissues, molecular biology, neurophysiology, histopathology, and mouse behavioral studies to investigate cell–type specific mechanisms of neuropathic and visceral pain. Our research collaborations span neuro–urology and neuroscience to utilize my ex vivo ganglia neurophysiology platforms to study the role of GABA receptors in bladder pain.
The synergy between my research and clinical expertise in pathology supports my secondary goal of bridging the fields of neuroscience and neuropathology, using “One Health” comparative approaches. Thus, in addition to mouse models, another branch of my lab studies pain and neurodegeneration in veterinary patients as naturally occurring models of human disease.
Research Key Words:
Chronic Pain Mechanisms, Peripheral Neuropathies, Sensory Neurobiology, Neuronal Circuits, Veterinary Biobanking