Basic Research

Traci Czyzyk-Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Research in the Czyzyk laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to better understand the complex physiology of obesity with the hope of identifying novel pathways that could be targeted to cause weight loss in humans.  We are using preclinical mouse models to determine epigenetic neuroadaptations that occur following repeated binge-eating cycles that might also be involved in addiction to drugs of abuse.  In a separate research project, the laboratory is using in vivo and in vitro approaches to determine the mechanisms by which the novel protein MPZL3 controls metabolic physiology.


Piotr Janicki, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology

Translational genomic science research to assess perioperative risks for patients undergoing surgery and anesthesia.


Daniel Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology

Research in the laboratory is focused on understanding the behavioral and molecular mechanisms responsible for tolerance to cannabinoid and opioid drugs.  The laboratory assesses tolerance by testing for the diminished physiological response to cannabinoids and opioids that occurs with repeated drug treatment and also biochemical methods to assess the molecular mechanisms responsible for these effects.


Victor Ruiz-Velasco, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Basic Science Research

Basic Science research work in the laboratory is focused on the study of mechanisms by which second messengers, particularly G-proteins, modulate voltage-dependent N-type Ca2+ channels.  Several electrophysiological, biochemical and molecular approaches are employed to help us understand these signaling pathways.


Kai Singbartl, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Translational research in the areas of acute kidney injury (AKI), sepsis and inflammation.


Sonia Vaida, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and OB-GYN and Vice Chair for Research

Research in obstetric anesthesia, difficult airway, and supraglotic airway devices.