Pleasure and Pain

Current interests revolve around the interplay of touch and pain using psychophysical and in vivo electrophysiological (microneurography) techniques in healthy and patient populations.


Publications in DiVA


Steven J. Middleton, Irene Perini, Andreas C. Themistocleous, Greg A. Weir, Kirsty McCann, Allison M. Barry, Andrew Marshall, Michael Lee, Leah Mayo, Manon Bohic, Georgios Baskozos, India Morrison, Line S. Loken, Sarah Mcintyre, Saad Nagi, Roland Staud, Isac Sehlstedt, Richard D. Johnson, Johan Wessberg, John N. Wood, Christopher G. Woods, Aziz Moqrich, Håkan Olausson, David L. Bennett (2022) Na(v)1.7 is required for normal C-low threshold mechanoreceptor function in humans and mice Brain Continue to DOI





BMedSci (Hons), PhD

School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia

About me

Academic merits

  • Recipient of Western Sydney University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship (2009)
  • Awarded a place on Western Sydney University Dean’s Merit List for Academic Excellence (2006–2008)


  • Best Abstract Prize, European Pain Federation Congress, Spain (2019)
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology Eugene M. Farber Travel Award for “outstanding abstract” at the 65th Montagna Symposium on the Biology of Skin, US (2016)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain Early Career Research Grant (2014)

Teaching experience

  • I have extensive experience (>5 years) in conducting problem-based learning tutorials for medical students in their foundation (pre-clinical) years at Western Sydney University, Australia. I also delivered occasional lectures during my tenure at Western Sydney.


  • I hold an Adjunct Fellow position at Western Sydney University, and I am currently serving on the supervisory panel of two PhD students.