Angela Pierce

2015 - Ph.D.
Primary office:
Mentor: Julie A. Christianson, Ph.D.

Educational Background

  • 2006 B.S. Biochemistry and B.A. Spanish, Missouri Southern State University
  • 2010 D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic


There is an adverse effect of stress and pain when such events occur during a critical neurodevelopmental period in neonates induced by the circumstances of being a NICU inpatient with long-term sequelae such as altered processing of nociception later in life. So far there has been no investigation into the effects of neonatal maternal separation on the peripheral nervous system. My project will investigate the long-term effects of neonatal anxiety on peripheral afferents innervating the pelvic viscera such as through examination of changes in the TRP family of receptor proteins in dorsal root ganglion afferents. Ultimately this study is meant to provide a more thorough understanding about the impact and mechanisms of early life experiences in the development of functional bowel disorders to facilitate prevention and treatment for these patients.

Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Telephone: (785) 864-3531 or (785) 864-3893
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