Research Team

Elisa Damo, Postdoctoral Associate

Elisa Damo
Postdoctoral Associate

Elisa earned her MSc in Neurobiology from the University of Turin and her PhD in Biology from Heidelberg University. Her previous research focused on unraveling the analgesic potential of the β2-adrenergic receptor modulation in glial cells in a murine model of neuropathic pain. Her expertise spans from molecular to behavioral assays. Currently, her focus lies in studying the involvement of RTKs in both acute and chronic pain.

   


   

Rocco Latorre, PhD

Rocco Latorre, PhD
Research Scientist
Dept. of Molecular Pathobiology

Dr. Latorre completed his M.Sc. in Biological Science and his Ph.D. in Veterinary Morphophysiopathology with Biotechnological Application at University of Bologna (Italy). Following his Ph.D., Dr. Latorre worked in Bologna at Unibo, UCLA and in Oklahoma City at OCNS. In August 2017, Rocco joined Dr. Bunnett’s lab at Columbia University and in October 2019, Rocco moved to NYU continuing his scientific research in Dr. Bunnett’s lab. Dr. Latorre’s research interests include the study of G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) in mechanisms of pain and inflammation, with special interest on visceral hypersensitivity and neuropathic pain. His work focuses specifically on using in-vivo neurobehavioral approaches to identify and characterize new compounds targeting GPCRs intracellular trafficking, which contribute to chronic pain and inflammation.

Dr. Latorre’s awards include:

  • Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility in 2014 
  • America Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society in 2017
  • Seed Grant from Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience in 2016

   


   

Raquel Tonello

Raquel Tonello, PhD
Research Scientist

Dr. Raquel Tonello has a B.Sc. in Pharmacy and obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biological Science with emphasis in pharmacology and pain research at Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil). After completing her Ph.D., Raquel worked at Federal University of Santa Catarina and University of Cincinnati, with focuses on understanding the neuroimmune interactions in acute and chronic pain. During her academic career, she has developed a strong background in the study of pain, and expertise in behavioral and molecular neuroscience. The long-term goal of her research is to provide new insights into the biochemical and molecular mechanism involved in the onset and progression of chronic pain, leading to novel targets for the clinical management of these diseases.

   


   

Renato Bruni

Renato Bruni
Research Scientist

Renato Bruni has a Ph.D. from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, he worked for several small biotech companies in NYC. Most recently he was a Staff Scientist at the New York Structural Biology Center where he ran for the eukaryotic expression platform for the production of membrane proteins.

   


   

Badr Sokrat

Badr Sokrat
Postdoctoral Associate

Badr completed his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Dr. Michel Bouvier. His doctoral work focused on exploring the non-canonical functions of β-arrestin in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling. Currently, he is interested in investigating the role of GPCRs in the context of inflammation and chronic pain. 

   


   

Shavonne Teng, BS

Shavonne Teng, BS

Shavonne is a graduate student in the Bunnett lab. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms of how sustained signaling of GPCRs in the endosomes are involved in chronic pain. In the lab, her current project utilizes nanoparticles to investigate how NK1R and CLR in the endosomes signal pain.

   


   

Agata Binienda

Agata Binienda
Visiting Scholar

Agata is a Visiting Scholar in the Bunnett Lab. She is a 4 th year PhD Student at the Department of Biochemistry, at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. The purpose of her research is to investigate a potential role of free fatty acid receptors in the colorectal cancer treatment.

   


   

David Poolman

David Poolman
Bath Student Intern

David Poolman is an undergraduate student originally from the University of Bath where he studies Biomedical Sciences. He will be working in the Bunnett lab over the next year characterizing PAR1 and CLR in knock-in mice

   


   

Anamaria Madeleine Manu

Anamaria Madeleine Manu

Anamaria is an undergraduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University. She is working toward her B.A. in Biochemistry. She is taking the Medical College Admissions Test and applying to an M.D. program. In the Bunnett/Jensen group, she works as a lab technician. Her interests include playing violin, weight lifting, and understanding the pathobiology of pain.