The development of effective therapeutics that target chronic pain in neurological diseases would significantly improve the quality of life for millions of people living with chronic pain. The glycinergic neuronal transport proteins are a promising target for the treatment of chronic pain. In neurons and other cells, the membrane lipid composition influences the localisation of membrane proteins and regulates their activity. The hundreds of chemically distinct lipids within cell membranes phase-separate to form microdomains that impact the localisation and interactions of membrane proteins. Oxidative stress is an early hallmark of inflammation and disease that causes chemical modifications to membrane lipids, proteins, and other biomolecules. This impacts their function and influences their biophysical properties. This project will examine the effect of oxysterols and neurosteroids on the inhibition of glycernergic synaptic membrane proteins for the development of targeted therapeutics for the treatment of chronic pain in specific disease states.

This is a computational project. The direction of the project can be tailored to the interests of the student.

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therapeurtics, chronic pain, neurology, computational chemistry,

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Professor Megan O'Mara
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O'Mara Group

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