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Zachary Curry


Winthrop University, B.S. in Chemistry (2012)
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
PhD Advisor: Aron Lichtman, PhD
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology


Research Interests:

Zach started his research career studying protein structure and function with emphases in cancer biology and drug development. His current research in pharmacology explores novel strategies to treat chemotherapy neuropathies and other types of pain. He uses pre-clinical models of neuropathic pain combined with molecular tools to assess neural and inflammatory changes associated with both pain development and analgesia. Ultimately, he aims to advance basic knowledge and improves clinical treatment outcomes through his research.

Personal Bio:

Zach was born in Virginia, but grew up in the Charlotte, NC, area. He completed his B.S. in Chemistry at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, with research focusing on proteins involved in cancer progression. He conducted structural biology research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, for two summers. It was there that he fully realized his love for medical research and was inspired to join the M.D./Ph.D. program at VCU. In addition to his research and clinical work, Zach enjoys outings with his family and friends in addition to studying the history of the Richmond region.

Honors, Awards, and Grants:

Travel Award for Oral Presentation (June 2017)
   International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium - Montreal, Quebec
Diversity Travel Award (July 2016)
   National MD/PhD Student Conference - Keystone, CO

Professional, Leadership, and Service Activities:

American Physician Scientists Association, VCU Chapter
  Vice President (2016-2017)
  Secretary (2015-2016)
Applicant File Reviewer and Interviewer, MD/PhD program


Donvito G, Nass SR, Wilkerson JL, Curry ZA, Schurman LD, Kinsey SG, Lichtman AH (2018) “The endogenous cannabinoid system: a budding source of targets for treating inflammatory and neuropathic pain.” Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews. In press.

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

Curry ZA, Wilkerson JL, Bagdas D, Damaj MI, Lichtman AH (2017) “Monoacylglycerol lipase inhibitors: reversal of mouse paclitaxel-induced nociception without intrinsic reinforcing effects.” Selected for oral presentation. International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium on the Cannabinoids. Montreal, Quebec.

Curry ZA and Lichtman AH (2017) “Monoacylglycerol lipase inhibitors produce antinociception through cannabinoid receptor 1- and 2-dependent manners in the mouse paclitaxel model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.” Abstract for poster presentation. American Physician Scientists Association National Conference. Chicago, IL.

Curry ZA and Lichtman AH (2016) “Monoacylglycerol Lipase: A novel target for paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy.” Abstract for poster presentation. National MD/PhD Student Conference. Keystone, CO.