Salvador L

Trainee, CAPPI

Research Lab:
Dr. Jennifer DeBerry

My name is Salvador Lopez. I have a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and stayed at UAB for my Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. My research experience has varied over the years. During my undergraduate career, I worked in the Immune Modulation of Pain and Addiction for Comprehensive Therapeutics (IMPACT) lab under the guidance of Dr. Robert Sorge, looking into murine models of musculoskeletal pain. I also worked on projects focused on behavioral indices of pain, with the goal of examining how an unhealthy diet affects pain-related behaviors and recovery from injury in a murine model of inflammatory injury. My graduate research has involved work related to rodent models of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in the lab of Dr. Jennifer DeBerry, as well as the elucidation of pain modulatory profiles of HIV-positive individuals with chronic pain in the lab of Dr. Burel Goodin. Currently, my focus is sensory neurobiology, working with the DeBerry lab as well as the UAB University Center for Exercise Medicine. My dissertation research deals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and its effects on the lower urinary tract (LUT) function. Our goal is focused on functional rehabilitation of the LUT after SCI using an optogenetic approach.