15263-Sheets, Patrick
Faculty

Patrick L. Sheets, PHD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Bio

I have an extensive background in pharmacology, biophysics, and neurobiology with specific expertise in ion channel physiology, electrophysiology, retrograde labeling in the brain, cortical circuit mapping, high resolution imaging, and optogenetics. Outside of the lab I enjoy cooking, biking, golfing, weightlifting, and spending time with my family. I am also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Purdue Boilermakers. 

Honors and Awards

 

2002

 Distinguished Student Award Academic Excellence

Purdue University

 

2005  

Best Poster Award

Indianapolis Society for Neuroscience

  

2005

 Paul and Carole Stark Research Fellowship

IU School of Medicine

 

2006

Society for Neuroscience Travel Award

  

2007

Travel Award for Outstanding Abstract

Indiana University

  

2007

KK Chen Fellowship

IU School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

  

2008-2010

Institutional National Research Award

T32 Trainee

Northwestern-NIH

 

2010-2012

National Research Award

F32 Postdoctoral

NIH

 

2014-2015

Leadership in Academic Medicine Program

Trainee

IU School of Medicine 

 

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Education
    2012 FEL Northwestern University
    2012 FEL Northwestern University
    2007 PhD Indiana University
    2007 PHD Indiana University
    2007 PHD Indiana University
    2003 MS Purdue University
    2003 MS Purdue University
    2003 MS Purdue University
    2001 BS Purdue University
    2001 BS Purdue University
    2001 BS Purdue University
  • Research

    The main objectives of my laboratory are to elucidate the functional organization of circuit pathways involved in pain modulation and to understand how these same pathways are altered by different modalities of pain.  Our lab uses a multifaceted approach (pain models in mice, retrograde labeling, slice electrophysiology, laser scanning photostimulation, high resolution imaging, optogenetics, behavior) to resolve these critical unknowns. The rationale for ourwork is that identifying the neural mechanisms through which pain alters circuit function in defined brain pathwayswill produce critical knowledge regarding the affective and emotional dimensions of pain. Such an understanding can lead to novel strategies for therapeutic intervention and improvement of clinical guidelines.

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