Sue Aicher, PhD


Primary Affiliation

Professor - Physiology & Pharmacology Department

Program Affiliation

Physiology & Pharmacology
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences

Background & Education

  • B.S. 1985, New Mexico Tech
  • Ph.D. 1989, University of Iowa


Dr. Aicher has a long-standing interest in primary afferent sensory systems and how sensory information leads to physiological and behavioral changes in the organism.   Due to her extensive work using various histological methods, she has been referred to as a card-carrying anatomist although her formal degrees are in psychology and behavior.    The lab focuses on the cellular mechanism underlying normal and pathophysiological functions 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 neuron activity in the brain.  Dr. Aicher also collaborates extensively with colleagues at OHSU within the Physiology and Pharmacology department, across the campus, across the Columbia River, the US and in Australia. 

 Beta-tubulin staining of a whole mount cornea Corneal epithelium by electron microscopy
 Confocal cornea

Meet the Lab



Contact Information

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