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Martin Watts, M.D., Ph.D.

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BS, Neuroscience, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, May 2006
M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, May 2014
Ph.D., Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, May 2014
Resident Physician, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, July 2014 to present

Research Experience

As an undergraduate, I worked as a student research assistant in a lab using molecular techniques to investigate mechanisms of breast cancer and possible therapeutic agents. I later worked as a research technologist in a lab exploring genetic mutations that contribute to birth defects such as primary microcephaly and Marinesco-Sjogren Syndrome. As a graduate student in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at UAMS, I studied visceral pain in a rat model of colon inflammation. My project used behavioral, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques to investigate the role of the ion channel TRPV4 in dorsal root ganglia in mediating visceral hypersensitivity, in addition to investigating a possible interaction with alpha2-adrenoceptors in attenuating visceral hypersensitivity. As a psychiatry resident and trainee on the NIDA-funded T32 grant, I am working on a study investigating risk factors, including personality pathology and substance use, in a population of juvenile sex offenders.

Research Interests

Mechanisms of pathologic pain. Personality traits and pathologies: mechanisms, contributions to aberrant behaviors.