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Lab Staff—Section on Sensory Cells and Circuits


Principal Investigator

Alexander Chesler, Ph.D.

Alexander Chesler, Ph.D.

Tenure-track Investigator
Phone: (301) 594-1049

Dr. Chesler received his degrees from Bard College (B.A., 1995) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 2005). His graduate study, in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Firestein, was focused on the function and development of olfactory sensory neurons. He did his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. David Julius at the University of California, San Francisco, where he combined physiological, anatomical, and behavioral approaches to study the pharmacology of somatosensory neurons. He joined the NIH intramural pain program (NCCIH) in 2013, where his laboratory now employs multidisciplinary approaches to study how sensory stimuli (such temperature, touch, and environmental irritants) are detected and encoded by the somatosensory system.

Lab Staff

  • Arnab Barik, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Nima Ghitani, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Marcin Szczot, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Torri Wilson, Lab Manager

Past Lab Staff

  • Colin Burnes, Postbac IRTA
  • Martin Rasmussen, Intern
  • Philina Yee, Postbac IRTA


Division of Intramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Building 35, Room 1C-915
Bethesda, MD 20892

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