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The Gill Center for Biomolecular Science

Michael R. Vasko

Michael  R. Vasko

Paul Stark Professor, Pharmacology
Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor, Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine

Office: Medical Science Building, Room MS A401
Tel: 317-274-1575

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  • University of Michigan, B.S. (Natural Science), 1970
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. (Pharmacology), 1976


  • Cellular mechanisms of sensitization of sensory neurons
  • pain

Representative Publications

  • Burkey, T.H., Hingtgen, C. M., and Vasko M.R. (2004) Isolation and culture of sensory neurons from the dorsal root ganglia of embryonic or adult rats. In: Pain research : Methods and Protocols (ed) D. Luo. Humana Press Inc. New Jersey, pp.189-202.
  • Fehrenbacher JC, Burkey TH, Nicol GD, Vasko MR. 2005 Tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin-1 beta stimulate the expression of cyclooxygenase II but do not alter prostaglandin E2 receptor mRNA levels in cultured dorsal root ganglia cells. Pain. Jan;113(1-2):113-22.
  • Vasko MR, Guo C, Kelley MR. 2005 The multifunctional DNA repair/redox enzyme Ape1/Ref-1 promotes survival of neurons after oxidative stress. DNA Repair (Amst). Mar 2;4(3):367-79
  • Park KA, Vasko MR. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2005 Lipid mediators of sensitivity in sensory neurons. Nov;26(11):571-7. Epub 2005 Sep 26.
  • Zhang Y, Fehrenbacher JC, Vasko MR, Nicol GD. 2006 Sphingosine-1-phosphate via activation of a G protein-coupled receptor(s) enhances the excitability of rat sensory neurons. J Neurophysiol. May 24