Gavril Pasternak Lab Group
The Memorial Sloan Kettering community mourns the loss of Gavril Pasternak, who passed away on February 22. He dedicated his career as a physician and scientist to improving pain management for cancer patients and will be greatly missed.

Although this laboratory has a wide range of interests, its primary focus is the molecular mechanisms of opioid action. Opioids have a rich pharmacology, which is easily studied in a wide variety of behavioral paradigms. The recent cloning of 4 genes encoding opioid receptors has led us to focus our attention upon correlating these various cloned receptors with pharmacological actions.

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Pictured: Gavril Pasternak

Gavril W. Pasternak, MD, PhD


Research Focus

Pharmacologist Gavril Pasternak studies molecular mechanisms of opioid receptor actions, analgesics, and G-protein-coupled receptors.


MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine