Sue Aicher, PhD


Primary Affiliation

Professor - Physiology & Pharmacology Department

Program Affiliation

Physiology & Pharmacology
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Background & Education

Dr. Aicher earned her B.S. in physiological psychology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1985 and her Ph.D. from The University of Iowa in 1989. From Iowa she moved to Cornell University Medical College to pursue postdoctoral work with Dr. Donald Reis. She was later appointed to the faculty at Cornell and was an Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience until she moved to OHSU in 2000. She is currently a Professor in the Physiology and Pharmacology Department.


Dr. Aicher's studies are focused on the cellular mechanisms underlying normal and pathophysiological function in both pain and autonomic reflex pathways. These studies use a variety of techniques including tract tracing, dual labeling immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, optical densitometry, behavioral and physiological measurements, and single unit activity in the brain.
An understanding of the normal localization of receptors within somatosensory and autonomic pathways is critical, but we are also interested in receptor plasticity in these systems. Several studies are examining changes in receptor density or subcellular localization that occur after manipulations that alter the function of either the somatosensory system (chronic morphine treatment) or autonomic system (hypertension). Any changes in receptor density or localization in response to these manipulations will provide insight into the mechanisms underlying functional changes.
These studies will contribute to the understanding of cellular mechanisms for plasticity in these neural systems and may influence clinical treatments for pain and hypertension.

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Contact Information

Sue A. Aicher, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd - L334
Portland, OR  97239
Phone: (503) 418-2550
Fax: (503) 494-4352