Rebecca H. Speltz

Rebecca Speltz


Entering Class:


Hamline University
Biochemistry major
B.S., 2010

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee, 2017-2019

Thesis Advisor: Donald Simone, Ph.D.

Thesis Research

Alterations in the descending modulation of nociceptive signals in mouse models of chronic pain.


For work prior to entering the MSTP:

Leong ML, Speltz R, Wessendorf M. Effects of chronic constriction injury and spared nerve injury, two models of neuropathic pain, on the numbers of neurons and glia in the rostral ventromedial medulla. Neurosci Lett. 2016 Feb 6. pii: S0304-3940(16)30074-X.

Fairbanks CA, Peterson CD, Speltz RH, Riedl MS, Kitto KF, Dykstra JA, Braun PD, Sadahiro M, Salton SR, Vulchanova L. The VGF-derived peptide TLQP-21 contributes to inflammatory and nerve injury-induced hypersensitivity. Pain. 2014 Jul;155(7):1229-37. PMCID: PMC4070220

Leong ML, Gu M, Speltz-Paiz R, Stahura EI, Mottey N, Steer CJ, Wessendorf M. Neuronal loss in the rostral ventromedial medulla in a rat model of neuropathic pain. J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 23;31(47):17028-39. PMCID: PMC3257180