Basbaum Lab @ UCSF


Primary Investigator


Allan Basbaum, PhD Professor & Chair, Department of Anatomy Allan [dot] Basbaum [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Administrative Support


Linda Toschi-Chambers Executive Assistant linda [dot] toschi-chambers [at] ucsf [dot] edu

I assist several labs at UCSF in Anatomy and Physiology. My passions are travel, art, photography and all things Italian!

Current Lab Members


Andrew Crowther, PhD Postdoctoral fellow andrew [dot] crowther [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Biafra Ahanonu, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar biafra [dot] ahanonu [at] ucsf [dot] edu https://bahanonu.com

Investigating neural circuit and molecular mechanisms of spinal cord to brain pathways involved in pain processing.


Chris Andolina, BS Junior Specialist Christopher [dot] Andolina [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Cindy Liu, B.A. Graduate Student cindy [dot] liu [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Jarret Weinrich, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar jarret [dot] weinrich [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Studying the neural mechanisms of general anesthesia induced analgesia.


Joao Braz, PhD Scientist Joao [dot] Braz2 [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Juan Salvatierra, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar juan [dot] salvatierra [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Julian Motzkin, MD, PhD Pain Medicine Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher julian [dot] motzkin [at] ucsf [dot] edu

I am a clinician-scientist and recently minted neurologist interested in central mechanisms underlying the aversiveness of chronic pain. I am currently completing a one year Clinical Pain Medicine fellowship at UCSF. In the lab, I use calcium imaging to interrogate projections between prefrontal structures and brainstem nuclei implicated in antinociception and escape.


Larry Carbone, DVM, PhD Research Associate

Madison Jewell, BS Junior Specialist madison [dot] jewell [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Mahsa Sadeghi, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar mahsa [dot] sadeghi [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Marlys Fassett, MD, PhD Assistant Professor

Soha Chhaya, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar soha [dot] chhaya [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Veronica Craik Junior Speciliast Veronica [dot] Craik [at] ucsf [dot] edu

Xiaobing Yu, MD Assistant Professor

Former Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students