Anna Taylor, PhD

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Dr. Taylor holds a Canada Research Chair in Pain and Addiction. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she completed her training at McGill University in the McGill Pain Center and later at the University of California in the Hatos Center for Opioid Pharmacology. As such, her research spans the fields of opioid addiction and chronic pain, and research projects incorporate both of these models.

Curriculum Vitae


Graduate Students

Christian Faig, BSc

Christian is originally from Calgary, Alberta and completed his Undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in 2020. Christian joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher where he investigated the role of the claustrum in chronic inflammatory pain. He has since joined the Pharmacology graduate program as a Master’s student and is co-mentored by Dr. Jesse Jackson (Physiology).

Adam Wass, BSc

Adam is from Lacombe, Alberta and completed the first year of his Neuroscience undergraduate degree at Red Deer College before finishing his degree at the University of Alberta in 2021. He began working in the Taylor Lab in his fourth year, investigating the expression of kappa opioid receptors and ligands in various regions of the brain. He has since moved into an MSc of Neuroscience, studying the role of the central amygdala in chronic pain.

Julia Nickols, BSc

Julia completed her BSc in Physiology at the University of Alberta in 2021 before joining the lab as an MSc student in the Pharmacology program. Julia’s project involves the alterations in the gut microbiome during opioid withdrawal, and the influence of these alterations on the symptoms of withdrawal.



Elizabeth Sugiarto (BSc, Pharmacology)

Tristan Pidner (BSc, Psychology) – Medical Student University of Calgary

Holly Vogel (BSc, Pharmacology) – Trang lab, University of Calgary

Zoë Dworsky-Fried (MSc, Pharmacology) – Medical Student University of Alberta

Caylin Chadwick (MSc, Neuroscience)

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Taylor Lab 2019