Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging Lab

Erin J. Morrissey, BA

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience, and a minor in Sociology. At Bowdoin, my research focused on cognitive neuroscience and molecular neurobiology. I was involved in studies (1) on emotion processing and regulation in response to emoticons and technology as measured by EEG, and (2) on the genomic variability and expression of the cytochrome B and neuropeptide-Y genes to asses a stress phenotype in zebrafish. Outside of the classroom, I was also a four-year member of the Women’s Lacrosse team, and spent two months in Tanzania on a Bowdoin Global Services Fellowship working for a children’s rights organization called Pamoja Leo. I also volunteered at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in the Pediatric Inpatient Child Life department.

As part of the Loggia Lab, I am thrilled to continue my research by studying the relationship between the complexities of the brain and the rest of the human body and focusing specifically on glial cells. I will explore the correlation between neuroinflammation and persistent post-surgical pain following total knee replacement procedures in patients with knee osteoarthritis. This research will shed light on the effect of central nervous system activation on the experience of chronic pain, and provide insight into brain glia activation.