THE KOLBER LAB at Duquesne University is focused on the study of pain.
In the U.S., more than 115 million adults suffer from chronic pain. Often, successful management of chronic pain involves the treatment of other conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders. The Kolber Lab tries to understand the common mechanisms of chronic pain and psychiatric illness. This is done by integrating cutting-edge behavioral, pharmacological, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques to understand the mechanisms of stress and pain. We also strive to apply this knowledge in translational studies in human volunteers and pain patients.
BEN KOLBER serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Research and Education Coordinator for the Chronic Pain Research Consortium. Dr. Kolber came to Duquesne in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kolber has over 15 years experience doing neuroscience research.
His graduate work with Dr. Louis Muglia, M.D., Ph.D. looked at the role of the endocrine stress response in the modulation of stress adaptation, depression, and anxiety. His post-doctoral work with Dr. Robert Gereau IV, Ph.D. focused on understanding the role of the amygdala in the modulation of acute and chronic pain. Dr. Kolber also has extensive experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching interests focus on teaching neuroscience, endocrinology, physiology, and in utilizing innovative teaching techniques in the classroom.