Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN


Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Department Pain and Translational Symptom Science


Research interests

Treatment induced acute and chronic pain

Cancer chemotherapy associated neuropathy

Cancer chemotherapy pain and broader symptom burden including mood disorders, cognitive function, weight gain

Research approaches

Pain phenotyping

Molecular biology


ORCID ID:  0000-0002-7440-2673


  1. Lessans, S and Dorsey, S. (2013). The role for epigenetic modifications in pain and analgesia response. Nursing Research and Practice. Vol 2013
  2. Renn CL, Leitch CC, Lessans S, Rhee P, McGuire WC, Smith BA, Traub RJ, Dorsey SG. (2011). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor modulates antiretroviral-induced mechanical allodynia in the mouse. J Neurosci Res. 2011 Oct;89(10):1551-65. doi: 10.1002/jnr.22685. Epub 2011 Jun 6.
  3. Dorsey SG, Leitch CC, Renn CL, Lessans S, Smith BA, Wang XM, Dionne RA. (2009). Genome-wide screen identifies drug-induced regulation of the gene giant axonal neuropathy (Gan) in a mouse model of antiretroviral-induced painful peripheral neuropathy. Biol Res Nurs. Jul;11(1):7-16.