Center for Clinical Pharmacology

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

The Center is comprised of postdoctoral fellows from the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as numerous graduate students from Washington University and Saint Louis University.

Dr. Manish Madasu, Ph.D.
Manish is a postdoctoral research associate in the Al-Hasani lab studying the neural basis of opioid modulation of addiction and pain using novel molecular, optogenetic, neurophysiological, and neurochemical tools.

Dr. Matthew Hayes, M.D.
Matt is a postdoctoral research associate in the Burris lab studying the effect of novel nuclear receptor ligands in models of Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.  He is interested in the nuclear receptors Rev-erb and LXR as targets to treat neuroinflammation.

Dr. Jaymie Voorhees, Ph.D.
As a post-doctoral research associate in the Burris Laboratory, Jaymie studies nuclear receptors, including Rev-Erb and Estrogen-Related Receptor, as potential therapeutic targets in neurodegenerative diseases, using both in vitro and in vivo models. Her primary focus is understanding how these transcriptional regulators influence neuroinflammation, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and neurogenesis in the adult brain.

Dr. Soumen Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Soumen was born in Calcutta, India. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Midnapore College in 2009 and obtained his postgraduate degree in Organic Chemistry from Vidyasagar University in 2011. After receiving his PhD degree in 2018, he joined the research group of Dr. Susruta Majumdar as a postdoctoral research associate. Currently he is working on the synthesis of natural product based opioid receptor probes. In his spare time, he loves listening to music and watching football and cricket.

Dr. Sineadh Conway, Ph.D.
Sineadh is a postdoctoral research associate in the Al-Hasani lab studying the role of dynorphin and the kappa opioid receptor system in the negative affective states associated with addiction. To this end, she is particularly interested in using her electrochemical background to develop techniques for endogenous opioid peptide detection.

Dr. Balazs Varga, Ph.D.
Born in Rev-Komarom, Slovakia, Dr. Varga obtained his Master’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest in 2015. His previous research focused on biorthogonal chemistry, while currently he is working in the field of opiate analgesics with the Majumdar lab. Besides chemistry, Dr Varga is also passionate about cooking and gastronomy in general.

Dr. Abdelfattah  Faouzi, Ph.D.
Abdelfattah was born in Lyon, France. Initially trained as a Biochemist, he got a Master’s degree in Drug Sciences from the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. He then pursued his scientific career with a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the Bioactive Molecule and Medicinal Chemistry (B2MC) team of Dr. Marc Le Borgne in Lyon (France). He is currently working on the development of novel carfentanyl derivatives and other ligands with improved potency and selectivity toward the opioid receptors.