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PaIN Lab People

***The Harper PaIN Lab is seeking to recruit and hire multiple team members!***

Find out more about our current team members and open positions below.

Daniel Harper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Principal Investigator

B.S. in Psychology with Honors, UNC, 2007

M.A. in Psychology (Behavioral Neurosci), UNC, 2011

Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neurosci), UNC, 2014

Post-doc in Neuroimaging, UMich, 2014-2016

Dr. Harper grew up outside of Charlotte NC, is a Tar Heel born and bred, and thus had no choice but to attend the University of North Carolina as an undergraduate. Unsure of where college would take him, his scientific torch was lit sophomore year in a Sensation & Perception course. The research journey began at UNC, continued post-doc at The University of Michigan, and is currently progressing at Emory with the opening of a new lab! Dr. Harper is passionate about science and hopes to make a positive contribution to society through research, mentoring, teaching, and service. Outside of work, Dr. Harper enjoys spending time with his partner and their two young children.


Neuroscience Graduate Student

The Lab has openings and funding for Ph.D. students who are enrolled in Emory's Neuroscience Graduate Program. If you are interested in applying to this graduate program, learn more here. If you are already enrolled in the Program and are interested in doing a rotation in the PaIN Lab, please contact the PI and express your interest.


Volunteers and Other Affiliates

The Lab is open to the possibility of taking on undergraduates, med students, and students from other Atlanta area Universities. It is possible that there is a way to arrange course credit for your participation in our Lab, or there could be some financial compensation for your efforts, if available. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved in our research.

Mia Gregory, B.S.

Research Coordinator

B.S. Biopsychology, Cognition &  Neuroscience, UMich, 2019

B.S. Biomedical Anthropology, UMich, 2019

Mia has been passionate about healthcare and biomedical research since she was young. Throughout her collegiate career she gained research experience working in the field of Microbiology and Immunology both at the University of Chile, Santiago for three months and the University of Michigan for three years as a Research Assistant. She recently received bachelor's degrees in both Biomedical focused Anthropology and Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Her goal is to attend a neuroscience PhD program after gaining more research experience and learning more neuroimaging techniques in the lab.

Laura Kochlefl

Research Coordinator

B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, 2017

M.P.H. Candidate Rollins School of Public Health, 2020


Laura has always been fascinated by the field of biology, first gaining experience in biological research while in high school. Her interest shifted to medicine and healthcare shortly after starting her bachelor’s degree in Biology at University of Michigan. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Laura worked in chronic pain research at Evanston Hospital in her home state of Illinois, and at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan. Now at Emory University, she’s completing her M.P.H in Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health.


Postdoctoral Fellow

The Lab has openings and funding for postdoctoral scholars who are interested in becoming part of our team. In general, the Lab is looking for individuals who are interested in gaining some experience and learning something they don't know during their time in our Lab, while also being open to teaching our Lab members new skills. If you are currently looking for a place to do a post-doc and think you are a good fit for us, contact the PI to discuss your career goals and how you see yourself fitting into the Lab.