Katherine ZappiaKatherine Zappia


Research Interests

The role of chemokine signaling in the pain and cold hypersensitivity of sickle cell disease
Basic mechanisms of mechanotransduction and pain

Advisor: Cheryl Stucky, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
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BA, 2009, Skidmore College
Major: Neuroscience

Research Experience

Skidmore College, Neuroscience Program, 2007-2009
Advisor: Dr. Hassan López
Project: Effects of cannabinoids on sexual motivation and behaviors in rats

NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute, 2008-2009
Advisor: Dr. Sidhartha Tan
Project: Modeling cerebral palsy and treatments with fetal rabbit hypoxia-ischemia

NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute, 2009-2010
Advisor: Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez
Project: Ovarian cancer prevention and treatments with cell line and mouse models


Zappia KJ*, Garrison SR*, Hillery CA, and Stucky CL (2014). Cold hypersensitivity increases with age in mice with sickle cell disease. PAIN – in press.

López HH, Zappia K, Cushman CL, and Chadwick B (2009). Acute cannabinoid administration attenuates female socio-sexual motivation. Pharmacol Biochem Behav, 94: 482-487.


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