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Nikita Burke


(Tuan Trang Lab)
Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine (CBEM)

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Dr. Nikita Burke is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Tuan Trang’s lab. Research carried out during her PhD investigated the role of the immune and monoaminergic systems in altered nociceptive responding associated with depression, resulting in publications in international peer-reviewed journals. As a visiting researcher, Dr. Burke examined the interaction between early-life stress and nociceptive responding in adulthood at the lab of Prof Maria-Paz Viveros, Universidad Complutense Madrid, which was supported by a grant from the International Brain Research Organization. Dr. Burke has received a number of prizes for her poster and oral presentations, including a prestigious Best Poster Award at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Workshop for Young Scientists in Nice and subsequently invited to speak at the 25th meeting in Vienna (2012). Dr. Burke enjoys volunteering at outreach events, promoting public awareness of science and contributing to science education.

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral Neuroscience (2013-2015)         

Pharmacology & Therapeutics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Industry-Academia Collaboration (NUI Galway & Alkermes)

Examining the neurobiology of the opioid system in depression, and antidepressant action using preclinical models of depression


PhD in Neuroscience at National University of Ireland, Galway under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Roche and Prof. David Finn (2009-2014).

                  Thesis: Altered nociceptive responding in animal models of affective disorders: role of monoamines and immune mediators

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc Hons), Physiology, National University of Ireland, Galway (2005-2009)

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