Professor Robert W. Gereau obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Missouri State University in 1991. He then obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University in 1995. Following postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute from 1995-1998, he took a faculty position in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor until 2004. Dr. Gereau moved to Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in 2004 where he joined the Department of Anesthesiology as Chief of Basic Research for the Washington University Pain Center, with a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience. Dr. Gereau is currently the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology, and he serves as Director of the Washington University Pain Center and Chief of the Division of Basic Research for the Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Gereau’s laboratory utilizes a combination of behavioral studies, patch clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, molecular and genetic approaches to understand the circuits, cells, and signaling pathways involved in nervous system plasticity that underlies the development of chronic pain. Work in the lab also includes clinical science aimed at translating findings from the lab into new or improved therapies for patients with pain. This includes comparative studies of human physiology to preclinical models, as well as healthy human volunteer studies aimed at establishing proof of concept for novel therapies. For the pioneering work conducted collaboratively with Drs. Rogers and Bruchas, Dr. Gereau was awarded the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award in 2012. The resulting technology has led to numerous patents and applications, and the launch of NeuroLux.