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Katherine Zappia

Research Interest

  • 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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  • B.A. 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.


  • Cross country skiing, triathlons, hiking and biking
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