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Dr Andrei Okorokov
3.1.05
Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Wolfson Inst for Biomedical Research
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

2018-date Associate Professor, UCL, WIBR, London

2004-2018 Lecturer, UCL, WIBR, London

2002-2004 Senior Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, London

1995-2002 Postdoc, University of York

1991-1994
Researcher, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow

1987-1991 PhD, Moscow All-Union Institute of Genetics, Russia
Research Themes
Research Summary

Pain is a major clinical problem and affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is a cofactor in many medical conditions yet pain medicines are often only partially effective, and the problem is increasing with an aging population. By understanding the cellular and molecular processes that lead to the sensation of pain, more effective targeted therapies can be developed to alleviate suffering. 

One way of doing so is analysing genetic conditions in which patients have altered levels of pain sensitivity, in particular the cases where pain sensitivity and perception are diminished. Identifying human genes, which are responsible for such a phenotype and their functional products, allows us to pinpoint the key players in the chain of molecular events providing for pain sensation. 

After two decades of work in transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of tumour suppression (p53 field), I am now establishing a new research direction into the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of pain pathways.

Appointments
01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Genetics Russian Academy of Sciences
1987 MSc Master of Science – Biochemistry  
04-06 CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
04-06 CLTHE_2 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
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