Asaf Keller, Ph.D.


Asaf Keller, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Anatomy & Neurobiology


Research interests

  • Chronic Pain
  • Descending pain modulation

Research approaches

  • Electrophysiology
  • Behavior
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Computational Neuroscience


  1. Keller, A and Masri, R. (2013) Thalamocortical abnormalities in spinal cord injury pain, In Chronic Pain and Brain Abnormalities, edited by C.Y. Saab, 95–125. Academic Press, 2013.
  2. Park, A, Hoffman, K, Keller, A (2014) Roles of GABAA and GABAB receptors in regulating thalamic activity by the zona incerta: A computational study. J Neurophysiol, 112:2580-2596. PMC4233275.
  3. Okubo, M, Castro, A, Guo, W, Zou, S, Ren, K, Wei, F, Keller, A, Dubner, R (2013) Transition to persistent orofacial pain after nerve injury involves supraspinal serotonin mechanisms. Journal of Neuroscience, 33:5152-5161.
  4. Whitt, JL, Masri, R, Pulimood, NS, Keller, A (2013) Pathological activity in mediodorsal thalamus of rats with spinal cord injury pain. J Neurosci, 33:3915-3926.
  5. Wu, J, Raver, C, Piao, C, Keller, A, Faden, AI (2013) Cell cycle activation contributes to increased neuronal activity in the posterior thalamic nucleus and associated chronic hyperesthesia after rat spinal cord contusion. Neurotherapeutics, 10:520-538. PMC3701760