My name is Dagoberto Robles and I am currently a junior attending the University of Arizona. I am double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. With the support from the Undergraduate Biology Research Program, I am currently working in a lab that specializes in pain pharmacology under Dr. Frank Porreca. By using rodent models of chronic pain, our research focuses on approaches that allow measurements and evaluations of various dimensions of pain. We place a great interest in studying the descending modulatory circuits of chronic pain states in hopes of one day discovering molecules that can modulate pain with opioid-like analgesic efficacy but without opioid-type side effects. Once I graduate, I plan to attend medical school in order to become a surgeon in the future.
The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program is partnering with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly segment featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects, or research projects while working with University professors. Students describe their research, their overall goals and career interests and where they think their research will lead. As well, they get a chance to share the music and interests that motivate them.Broadcast three times every Thursday with a new student each week.