Eileen Nguyen, PhD

Education & Training

  • University of California Los Angeles, BS, 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD, 2021

Representative Publications

Nguyen E, Smith KM, Cramer N, Holland RA, Bleimeister IH, Flores-Felix K, Silberberg H, Keller A, Le Pichon CE, Ross SE. Medullary kappa-opioid receptor neurons inhibit pain and itch through a descending circuit. Brain. 2022 Jul 29;145(7):2586-2601. doi: 10.1093/brain/awac189. PMID: 35598161.

Nguyen E, Lim G, Ross SE. Evaluation of Therapies for Peripheral and Neuraxial Opioid-induced Pruritus based on Molecular and Cellular Discoveries. Anesthesiology. 2021 Aug 1;135(2):350-365. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003844. PMID: 34237130.

Nguyen, E, Lim, G, Ding, H, Hachisuka, J, Ko, M.-C, and Ross, S.E. 2021. Morphine acts on spinal dynorphin neurons to cause itch through disinhibition. Science Translational Medicine.

Nguyen, E, Lim, G, and Ross, S.E. 2021. Mechanistic insights into spinal neurones involved in neuraxial opioid-induced pruritus. British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Chiang MC, Nguyen E, Bustos M, Papale A, and Ross SE. 2020. Divergent neural pathways emanating from the lateral parabrachial nucleus mediate distinct components of the pain response. Neuron.

Fuller A, Parmhans N, Nguyen E, et al. 2020. Identification of Retinal Ganglion Cell Types and Brain Nuclei expressing the transcription factor Brn3c/Pou4f3 using a Cre recombinase knock-in allele. Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Research Grants

F31NS113371, Cellular basis for morphine-induced itch, PI: Nguyen

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Career Advisor

Teresa Hastings, PhD

Thesis Advisor

Sarah Ross, PhD

Graduate Program

Dissertation Title

Kappa opioid signaling in the brainstem and spinal cord for itch and pain



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