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Veronica I. Shubayev

Professor in Residence, Department of Anesthesiology

Veronica Shubayev is Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSD, studying the interaction between the immune and nervous systems in the development of complex human states, such as chronic pain. Since her earlier studies of enzymology and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) proteolysis at UCSF, she has worked to understand the extracellular mechanisms contributing to the distinct regenerative abilities of the peripheral and central nervous systems (PNS/CNS). She initiated some of the first studies implicating MMPs in pain regulation and identified new MMP-liberated proteins and peptides (e.g., inflammatory cytokines and myelin sheath protein) contributing to mechanisms of chronic pain. Her lab aims to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to improve PNS/CNS regeneration and control chronic pain states refractory to current therapies. As a member of the WISE Planning Committee since 2008, she has organized seminars and panel discussions of successful women-faculty built to promote the inclusion and professional development of women in all areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.