D.P. Mohapatra, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Washington University Pain Center

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

5502A CSRB

660 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Voice - (314) 362-8229 (Office); (314) 362-8244 (Lab)

FAX - (314) 362-8334

mohapatrad@anest.wustl.edu


I did my graduate research in cellular/molecular neurobiology of pain, working in the Klinik für Anästhesiologie, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), and received a Ph.D. in Human Biology in 2003.  Subsequently, I performed postdoctoral research at University of California at Davis on cell biology, pharmacology and physiology of Kv channels, before starting my independent academic research laboratory in 2008 at the Department of Pharmacology at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City.  From the beginning of my independent academic/research career I developed strong interest in teaching and mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral research scholars and medical scientists.  Our research group just moved to the Washington University Pain Center at the Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  In addition to teaching and training students/scientists, I thoroughly enjoy performing research work on the bench.  I am highly fascinated by how neurons in mammalian brain precisely self-regulate their activities, communicate with other neurons and the surrounding environment, as well as protect themselves under various adverse conditions during disease/pathologies.  On the other side, I am intrigued by rodent behaviors of pain, movement and activity that are related to human pathologies, where my goal is to precisely back-translate human non-vocal indications of pain states to rodents with similar painful pathologies.  I strongly believe that without this careful back-translation of pain phenotyping, it will be extremely challenging to translate basic science findings from in vitro and in vivo experimentations using cells grown on dishes and un-natural rodent models of pathophysiological conditions to therapeutic developments for human painful pathologies.