Heather Leong

Ph.D. 2011

Thesis Title:

A study of neuronal and glial changes in the rostral ventromedial medulla in an animal model of neuropathic pain

Current Position:

Medical School, Oklahoma State University

Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
(B.S. Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology & French)

Major Advisor(s):

Martin Wessendorf, Ph.D.

Lab Rotations:

  • Lihsia Chen
  • Scott Selleck
  • Martin Wessendorf
  • Kelvin Lim

Courses Taken Beyond the Core Courses:

  • Intro to Pharmacology 5110
  • Biochemistry 6021

Graduate Level Minor:

  • Supporting program in Neuropharmaceutics


  • Leong ML, Gu M, Speltz-Paiz R, Stahura EI, Mottey N, Steer CJ, Wessendorf M.  Neuronal loss in the rostral ventromedial medulla in a rat model of neuropathic pain.  J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 23;31(47):17028-39. PMID: 22114272 

Conferences Attended and Presentations:

  • Society for Neuroscience annual meeting - 2005
  • International Narcotics Research Conference - 2006

Home Town:

  • Originally Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; now: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Heather Leong