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, Speltz R, Wessendorf M. Effects of chronic constriction injury and spared nerve injury, two models of neuropathic pain, on the numbers of neurons and glia in the rostral ventromedial medulla. Neurosci Lett. 2016 23;617:82-7. 
  • 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;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