Vicky Staikopoulos begins PhD at CNBP

Vicky staikopoulos9 February 2016:

We’re happy to report that Vicky Staikopoulos has started her PhD study at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide.

Vicky who has worked closely with CNBP researchers in recent years as an assistant researcher and laboratory manager, is looking into the role of NO (nitric oxide) and HNO (nitroxyl) in neuropathic and inflammatory pain mechanisms within the CNS and periphery, as well as their involvement in morphine tolerance.

Using novel sensing tools developed by CNBP chemists (Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng) and CNBP physicist (Martin Ploschner), Vicky will be supervised by CNBP Director Prof. Mark Hutchinson and Dr. Elizabeth Beckett, Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Vicky hopes to identify novel targets for drug development in pain management and improve the effectiveness of current pain medication by increasing the understanding of drug tolerance using unique, CNBP generated, sensing and imaging tools for the first time.