Dr. Cuello's Research Laboratory


Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University


Lab Group

Maria Osikovic


  • Maria Osikovic received her PhD from the Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland in December 2008. Her thesis was titled “The role of metabotropic glutamate receptors in nociceptive transmission in an animal model of neuropathic pain” and her studies were carried out under supervision of Prof. Barbara Przewlocka in Department of Pain Pharmacology.

  • Her M.Sc. thesis completed in June 2004 was on ”The influence of anti-estrogen ICI 182.780 on the expression of aromatase and estrogen and angrogen receptors in the rodent male gonad” prepared at the Department of Animal Physiology of the Institute of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Research Interests:

  • Role of metabotropic glutamatergic receptors in the maintenance of allodynia and hypersensitivity in neuropathic pain

  • The role of glial cells (microglia and astrocyte) in neuropathic pain

  • Role of endogenous opioid peptides in physiology and pathology of the CNS

Current projects:

  • Particular attention is attributed towards studies on a novel approaches to modulate the levels of endogenous mature NGF following inflammation leading to arthritis. Results from this proposed research would lead to a better understanding of the progression of pain related to inflammatory arthritis.

Extracurricular Interests and Activities:

  • traveling

  • reading

  • swimming