Structural Biology Program

The Melinda Diver Lab

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Melinda Diver
Melinda M. Diver, PhD
Assistant Member

The sensation of pain protects our bodies from harm, but maladaptive changes in this sensory modality can lead to debilitating persistent pain disorders. Traditional cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can cause peripheral neuropathies, including sensory loss and pain. The Diver laboratory aims to enhance our biophysical and molecular understanding of sensory transduction and pain sensation and, specifically, how modulation of ion channels in primary afferent somatosensory neurons contributes to chronic pain. Our approach is comprehensive, spanning tissues to cells to high-resolution structures, thereby facilitating a broad understanding of ion channel function in pain, as well as the development of alternative pain therapeutics.

TRPM8 - The Cold- and Menthol-Receptor

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Melinda Diver

Melinda M. Diver, PhD

Assistant Member

  • The Diver laboratory aims to enhance our biophysical and molecular understanding of sensory transduction and pain sensation and, specifically, how modulation of ion channels in primary afferent somatosensory neurons contributes to chronic pain.
  • BSc, Biochemistry, University of British Columbia (2007)
  • PhD, Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (2015)
  • Postdoc, University of California, San Francisco (2021)
diverm2@mskcc.org
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Keith Bartlett

Administrative Assistant

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • Josie Robertson Investigator (2021-2026)
  • NCCIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) (2019-2024)
  • A. P. Giannini Postdoctoral Fellowship and Career Award (2017-2019)
  • American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Dorris J. Hutchinson Fellowship (2010-2011)

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September 1, 2021 - Diver lab opens.

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