Principal Investigator

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Dr. Richard Wainford

Richard Wainford completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His postdoctoral fellowship was spent at the Department of Pharmacology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (2005-08). He joined the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine in 2011 as an Assistant Professor, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and is a member of The Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.  He has since been promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine.


Graduate Students

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Casey Carmichael

Casey is a third-year Pharmacology and Biomedical Neuroscience doctoral candidate in the Department of Pharmacology.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. While there, she worked at The Scripps Research Institute under Dr. George Koob studying the neurobiology of addiction, specifically looking at the comorbidity of alcohol addiction and stress disorders.

Casey’s research focuses on investigating neural mechanisms that regulate blood pressure to elucidate the role of salt in the pathogenesis of hypertension. Currently she is working to specifically understand the anti-hypertensive role(s) of central G-alpha-subunit proteins in endogenous GPCR-activated pathways that regulate central sympathetic outflow and systemic blood pressure in salt-sensitive and salt-resistant rat phenotypes.

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Kathryn Walsh
Program: Ph.D. Biomolecular Pharmacology
Research Summary: Kathryn is examining the role of norepinephrine and salt intake in renal sodium homeostasis in salt-sensitive hypertension with the goal of developing an exosomal sodium transporter profile for targeted diuretic therapy