Salvador Lopez (2015 - present)


Sal is a student in the Psychology department and is investigating musculoskeletal pain models in mice and rats.

Jenni Weikard (2014 - present)


Jenni is a student in the Psychology department and is investigating a novel model of fibromyalgia in mice.

J. Chris Taylor


Chris is a graduate student in the lab of Stephen Watts in the Department of Biology and works in the IMPACT Lab examining the role that nutrition plays in the expression of pain in zebrafish.

Erin Ross (2015 - present)


Erin is from Florence, AL and is currently an undergraduate neuroscience major with minors in chemistry and international studies. Erin is investigating the role of the inflammasome in pain. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school at UAB.

Alan Philip George (2015 - present)


Alan is a student in the Psychology department and is involved in the clinical trial investigating diet interventions for pain in knee OA.

Larissa Strath


A fellow Canadian, Larissa completed her undergraduate degree at Faulkner University. Larissa joined the Impact Lab full-time in spring of 2017. 

Shannon Lukens (2015 - present)


Shannon is a student in the Science and Technology Honors Program and is currently majoring in Foreign Language and Biology on the Pre-Med track. She is currently involved in the clinical trial investigating diet interventions for pain in the knee OA

Aaron Landis (2015 - present)


Aaron is a student in the Psychology department and is investigating cannabinoid effects on pain in mice.

Remy Meir (2015 - present)


Remy hails from Auburn, AL and is currently an undergraduate neuroscience major with minors in chemistry, public health, and math. She is working on opioid interactions. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

Dr. Robert E. Sorge

Laboratory Supervisor - Tammie L. Quinn

Ms. Quinn received her bachelor of science degree in 2008 from Concordia University in Montreal. She has worked for a number of laboratories looking at drug addiction, circadian rhythms, maternal behavior, cardiac health and immunology before coming to work as a Laboratory Supervisor with Dr. Sorge in 2012. Tammie specializes in PCR, animal husbandry and various behavioral and surgical techniques.

Dr. Sorge completed his undergraduate training in Psychology with a  minor in Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2000. He then completed a Master's in Psychology in 2001 at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) and a PhD in Psychology at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in 2006. After postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University (2006-2009 and 2009-2012), he joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Psychology in 2012. He currently teaches course on animal behavior, behavioral neuroscience and pain. He lives in Homewood Alabama with his wife and children and a number of pets.

Graduate Students

Stacie Totsch


Stacie completed her undergraduate training in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She is currently in graduate school in the Behavioral Neuroscience graduate program at UAB.

Undergraduate Students

IMPACT Lab

Immune Modulation of Pain and Addiction for Comprehensive Therapeutics

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