Richard Traub, Ph.D.

Richard Traub, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences


Research interests

Visceral pain

Sex differences

Gonadal hormone modulation


Comorbid pain conditions/mechanisms

Research approaches

In vivo electrophysiology

EMG recording




  1. Ji, Y., Tang, B., Cao, D-Y., Wang, G. and Traub, R.J. Sex differences in spinal processing of transient and inflammatory colorectal stimuli in the rat, Pain, 153:1965-1973, 2012. PMID: 22819535
  2. Traub, R.J. and Ji, Y. Sex differences and hormonal modulation of deep tissue pain, Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 34:350-366, 2013. PMID: 23872333
  3. Traub, R.J., Cao, D-Y., Karpowicz, J., Pandya, S., Dorsey, S., Dessem, D. A clinically relevant animal model of temporomandibular disorder and irritable bowel syndrome comorbidity. J Pain 15(9):956-66, 2014. PMID: 24981128
  4. Cao, D-Y., Bai, G., Ji, Y., Karpowicz, J., Traub, R.J. Epigenetic upregulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 in the spinal cord attenuates estrogen-induced visceral hypersensitivity, GUT, 2014 Nov 6. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2014-307748
  5. Ji, Y., Cao, D-Y., Bai, G. and Traub, R.J. Estradiol modulates visceral hyperalgesia by increasing thoracolumbar spinal GluN2B subunit expression in female rats. Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 2015, In press.