G protein coupled receptors form heteromeric complexes that have unique properties including distinct tissue distribution and signaling profiles that make them attractive targets for pharmacotherapy. Miryam’s research in the Berg laboratory will focus on the regulation of delta and kappa opioid receptor (DOR-KOR) heteromer function in peripheral pain-sensing neurons. She will utilize two complementary model systems that permits detailed study of receptor signaling mechanisms in peripheral sensory neurons in culture and evaluation of physiological relevance using rat behavioral models of nociception. Our ultimate goal is to identify new pharmacological targets for improved pain therapy.
El Paso, Texas
Kelly Berg, Ph.D.
Hobbies and Interests
Running/walking outdoors, dancing, and watching foreign movies.
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry
UTEP - El Paso, Texas
Awards & Accomplishments
UTHSCSA Neuroscience T32 Training Grant – 2014 – 2015
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) – 2012 – Present
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Training Grant (PI:Nicquet M.J. Blake) – 1R25GM095480-01 (08/01/14-08/01/15)