Michael Espiritu, PhD
PhD--University of Hawaii
BS--Hawaii Pacific University
My research interest is in the discovery and development of novel inhibitors of targets related to pain and addiction. Particularly I have focused on studying small venom-derived peptides, known as conotoxins, which have a level of selectivity for a variety of ion channels. Many of these ion channels appear to play a role in pain pathways, making them attractive targets for the relief of severe or intractable pain. My goal is to harness the properties of these peptides to one day produce analgesics for severe forms of pain that are non-addictive.
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Outside the Lab
Dr. Espiritu's hobbies include hiking, swimming, tennis, yoga, and community outreach.