Justin James

Justin James

Coming to Penn, I knew I wanted to be part of a lab; however, I had no idea where to start, what being part of research entailed, and how to make the most of the experience. I believe what makes my research experience unique is the fact that I had to experience a lot to get to the point where I am now where I feel most happy and proud! This journey allowed me to be receptive to my own passions that are driving my aspirations in life.

From exposure through anthropological, philosophical, and neurobiological courses relating to the study of pain, I became stimulated to study and understand the mechanisms involved in constructing pain in the brain. I am fortunate enough to have found and joined the Corder Lab at Penn to help me explore and deepen my understanding on the neural basis of pain. Currently, I am assisting on a project studying the neural circuitry behind emotional pain and how its manipulation can lead to reduced anhedonia in a chronic pain state.

If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or wanting to know more about getting through the daunting, yet exciting journey of doing research at Penn, especially now that we are doing research remotely, please feel free to reach out to me!

  • Sarma Lab (May-August 2019)
  • Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center (May 2019 - January 2020)
  • Corder Lab (January 2020 - Present)

Affinity Groups: FGLI

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