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NIH Pain Research Center Staff

The following people work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Research Center (PRC), the Clinical Investigations Branch (CIB) in the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Division of Intramural Research (DIR), and/or the Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain (SANP) in the NCCIH DIR.


David Shurtleff, Ph.D., Acting Director

Miroslav “Misha” Bačkonja, M.D., Supervisory Physician, Acting Clinical Director

Eleni Frangos, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Lead Scientific Officer

Binquan Wang, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Senior Data Scientist

Lauren Atlas, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Chief, SANP

Alexander Chesler, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Chief, Section on Sensory Cells and Circuits

Leorey N. Saligan, Ph.D., Clinical Collaborator

Hayley Owens, Clinical Research Coordinator and Sensory Testing Technician

Intramural Research Training Award Fellows

Shruthi Satyanarayana, Postbac Fellow, PRC 


Eleanor Goulden, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Nwamaka Ijeh, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Brendan Johns, Postbac Fellow, PRC 

Nicholas Madian, Ph.D., Postdoc Fellow, PRC

Haley Prakke, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Michelle Singh, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Eunice Chung, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Megan Bradson, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Meera Deva, Postbac Fellow, PRC

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you. Please complete and submit the online form.

If you are a patient and would like more information about complementary and integrative therapies for pain, please contact the NCCIH Information Clearinghouse

To participate (as a healthy volunteer or a patient) in NIH clinical trials on pain, please call 301-594-5731 or visit

To learn about research training positions at the Pain Research Center, contact Eleni Frangos, Ph.D., Research Fellow and Lead Scientific Officer.