Dr. Cherka Kibaly
Cherka is a lab manager in the P2 research lab at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France in 2006. She went on to complete a 10 year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience and Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota. She has published seminal first author papers on neuro-steroids and opioids in high impact journals such as PNAS and Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Cahill was fortunate to recruit Cherka as a lab manager in 2019. Cherka has extensive experience and training in neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, behavioral analysis, and molecular biology. Her research focus is on negative affective states in chronic pain and engagement of serotonin circuits.