hanlon-240aKatherine Hanlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director of Research
Email Dr. Hanlon
Office: 218


  • B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. (2012) Pharmacology, University of Arizona
  • Postdoctoral fellowship (2012-2013) Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Manhattan, NY
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (2013-2017) University of New England COM, Biddeford, Maine
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member; Exeligen Scientific (2016-present)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Pain Scholar (2016-present)
  • Associate Editor in Chief; Journal of Pain Research (2016-present)

Teaches in:

  • PHRM 5104 Human Biochemistry
  • PHRM 5207 Pathophysiology I
  • PHRM 5208 Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry I
  • PHRM 6202 MTM
Research interests include:

The Hanlon lab studies macrophage function in biological microsystems including the peripheral and central nervous systems and tumor microenvironments. Delineation of mechanisms underlying neuro-immune communication and tumor-immune communication holds significant potential for identifying novel non-opioid therapeutic targets for the treatment of pain and may also shed light on exploitable pathways targeting tumor development.


Fun Fact:

Secretly I am a huge nerd. I love all things Sci Fi, firmly believe that Battlestar Galactica (the remake) is one of the top five television shows ever made, and have been to Iceland twice to visit Game of Thrones filming locations. I am also an avid traveler, a foodie, and addicted to coffee. Pro tips on where to find good tacos are always appreciated.