Jenny Wilkerson Laboratory | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

About Us

Wilkerson Lab Group

Our work centers around the principles of behavioral pharmacology to answer pressing drug discovery and novel compound development questions.

Aberrant inflammation is a driving factor in many disease states including pathological pain, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, mood disorders, and drug abuse/dependence. The work done in our laboratory investigates novel compound pharmacology and therapeutic implications. We specifically focus on compounds to treat inflammation-driven diseases and diseases associated with inflammation, such as pathological pain, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, mood disorders, and drug abuse/ dependence.

Many natural products such as Cannabis sativa, Mitragyna speciosa (kratom), and the numerous compounds contained in these and other natural products have either known or speculated medicinal use. Indeed, nature has provided humankind a proverbial medicine chest of potential therapeutics. A number of natural products may be useful to modulate the immune system and are waiting to be developed as therapeutics. Another major focus of our laboratory is natural product therapeutic development and pharmacological investigation, as well as abuse liability and untoward side effect examination.

Research Interest

  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Inflammation
  • Pathological Pain
  • Cancer
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Drug Abuse/Dependence
  • Cannabinoids
  • Natural Products

The Team

Wilkerson Lab Grad Students

Yuma Ortiz

Ph.D. Candidate/
Research Assistant

Julio Zuarth Gonzalez

Graduate Student/
Research Assistant

Kofi Frimpong-Manson

Graduate Student / 
Research Assistant

Wilkerson Lab - Research Aides

Chanel Mercurius

Research Aide

Alexandria Ragsdale

Research Aide

Billy Lee

Research Aide

Leila Shamir

Research Aide

updated: 1/23/2023

Contact Us:

Jenny Wilkerson Ph.D.

Jenny Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Office: (806) 414-9632

Office: ARB 1107 | Lab: ARB 

Amarillo Research Building
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
1406 S. Coulter St. Suite 1107
Amarillo, TX, USA, 79106