Research inspiring better research

At McGill University, the MOGILab strives to explore and advance the methodologies, accuracy, and generalizability of pain research.

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

We found the pain gene!

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

Um, so, things appear to work completely differently in female mice

You’re measuring the wrong type of pain … try it this way

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

Mice are people too… just little people in furry suits

Here’s a pretty obvious confound in the lab environment (Hey! We’re being serious)

On second thought, there’s actually a whole bunch of pain genes

The neuroimmune system is at it again

Some thoughts on how everyone else is bad at research

Melzack & Wall are wrong and I can finally prove it!

We found the pain gene!

Um, so, things appear to work completely differently in female mice

You’re measuring the wrong type of pain … try it this way

Mice are people too… just little people in furry suits

Some thoughts on how everyone else is bad at research

On second thought, there’s actually a whole bunch of pain genes

The neuroimmune system is at it again

Here’s a pretty obvious confound in the lab environment (Hey! We’re being serious)

Melzack & Wall are wrong and I can finally prove it!

More About MOGILab

About MOGILab

More than studying pain

The MOGILab at McGill University has, for more than 20 years, studied pain, the number one human health problem in terms of prevalence and morbidity. We use a fully translational approach, employing techniques that range from molecular genetics to pharmacology to social psychology, using both mouse models and human participants. The guiding principle of the lab is that the way to understand pain is through the identification and study of individual differences, both genetic and environmental. Areas of particular interest include the genetics of pain, sex differences in pain biology, the development of animal models and measures of pain, interactions between social behaviour and pain, and the identification of laboratory environmental factors affecting pain.

Perhaps more importantly than studying pain per se, MOGILab specializes in “meta-pain research”, identifying ways for the entire field to do more accurate and more generalizable pain research going forward. Over the years, we have provided evidence that the conclusions of pain studies can critically depend on:  pain modality, subject strain (genetic background), subject sex, presence of nearby conspecifics, and stressors including injections, habituation, experimenter sex, and pregnancy status of nearby female mice.

We continue to search for new targets for analgesic development, new modulatory factors affecting pain, and new ways to better perform pain research.

Jeffrey S. Mogil, PhD, FCAHS, FRSC

Principal Investigator

Jeffrey S. Mogil was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1966. He received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 1993. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Portland, Oregon from 1993 to 1996, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved to McGill University in 2001, and is currently the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies (a Chair previously occupied by Dr. Ronald Melzack), and a Distinguished James McGill Professor. He recently served a six-year term as the Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Mogil has made seminal contributions to the field of pain genetics, and is the author of many major reviews of the subject and the editor of the first textbook,The Genetics of Pain (IASP Press, 2004). He is also a recognized authority in the fields of sex differences in pain and analgesia, and algesiometric testing in the laboratory mouse. Dr. Mogil is the author of over 270 articles and book chapters since 1992, and has given almost 400 invited lectures in that same period.  His h-index is 96 (Google Scholar), and his papers have been cited over 40,000 times. According to the Stanford composite bibliometric analysis of 2022 citations, he is currently the 7th-highest cited researcher in Anesthesiology (out of 1442) and the 210th-highest cited researcher in Neuroscience (out of 11127) worldwide.

He has received research funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Neuroscience Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), The Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation (LAEF), the Krembil Foundation, Brain Canada, and the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. His lab is currently supported by a 7-year Foundation Grant from CIHR, a 5-year Discovery Grant from NSERC, a Sex and Gender Science Chair from CIHR (IMHA), and ongoing support from LAEF.

Dr. Mogil is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (1998), the John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award from the (now defunct) American Pain Society (1998), the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain (2002), the Early Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society (2004), the SGV Award from the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (2012), the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award (a lifetime achievement award) from the American Pain Society (2013), a Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship from The Mayday Fund (2014), the Bennet Cohen Award from the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (2015), the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science from the Canadian Psychological Association (2018), and the Distinguished Career Award (2020) and the Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award (2022) of the Canadian Pain Society.

He served as a Section Editor (Neurobiology) at the journal, Pain, from 2008-2015 and was the Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee for the 13th World Congress on Pain in 2010. He recently served on the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and is the founder and Director of NAPS, the North American Pain School (

The Team

The REAL Scientists

MOGILab is fortunate to work with a variety of dedicated scientists, at a variety of levels. These include Research Associates, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scholars, and (lots of) undergraduates. Go back to see our lab Gantt chart for a full history of who’s who.

See our current lab members.

Undergraduate Assistants

We love 'em!

MOGILab is extremely fortunate to have had so much assistance over the years from bright and dedicated McGill undergraduate research assistants, either as volunteers, in research credit classes, and as Honours Students. Here is a list of all those undergrads, in chronological order:

*indicates authorship on a published manuscript and/or abstract

  1. Hadiya Nedd-Roderique (Honours Student, 2001-2002)
  2. Emma Michaelsen (Honours Student, 2001-2002)
  3. Kate Strasburg (Honours Student, 2001-2003)*
  4. Sara Crager (Honours Student, 2002-2004; Work-Study Student, 2004-2005)*
  5. F. Roberto Gil (Physiology Independent Project, 2002)
  6. Sarah Harbottle (Honours Student, 2002-2003)*
  7. Atasheh Ghobadeh (Volunteer, 2002-2003)
  8. Ikue Nagakura (Volunteer, 2002-2003)
  9. Katie Makofsky (Volunteer, Summer 2003)
  10. Christine Stachur (Volunteer, Summer 2003)
  11. Christian Hordo (Honours Student, 2003-2004)*
  12. Rishona Mackoff (Biology Independent Project, 2003-2004)
  13. Meghan O’Reilly (Work-Study Student, 2003-2004)*
  14. Mimi Shaffer (Volunteer, 2003-2004)
  15. Hanna Weinstangel (Honours Student, 2003-2004)
  16. Matt McDermott (Visiting Summer Scholar, Haverford College, 2003)
  17. Alex Gil (Volunteer, Summer 2003, 2004)*
  18. Amanda Green (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2004)*
  19. Amy Nakashima (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2004)
  20. Kate Young (Independent Project, 2004-2005)*
  21. George Heath (Independent Project, 2004-2005)
  22. Claire Killkelly (Independent Project, 2004-2005)
  23. Kara Melmed (Independent Project, 2005-2006)*
  24. Jenna Berger (Volunteer, 2005)
  25. Jeremy Levenstadt (Independent Project, 2005-2006)*
  26. Kathleen C. Root (Volunteer, 2005-2006)*
  27. Zarrar Shehzad (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2005-2006)*
  28. Brandy Callahan (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2005-2007)*
  29. Inna Baran (Independent Project, 2005-2007)*
  30. Audrey Levesque (Independent Project, 2005-2006)*
  31. Lauren Rosen (Independent Project, 2005-2006)
  32. Anand Athiviraham (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2006-2007)
  33. Sonya Deschenes (Volunteer, 2006-2007)*
  34. Claire-Louise Young (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2006-2007)*
  35. Leigh MacIntyre (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2006; Work-Study, 2006-2007)*
  36. Daniella Guindi (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2006-2007)*
  37. Elaina Zendegui (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2006-2007)*
  38. Rima Nasrah (Volunteer, 2006-2007)
  39. Cori Atlin (Independent Projects, 2006-2008)*
  40. Audrey Laferriere (Independent Project, 2006)*
  41. Ashley Donell (Volunteer, 2007)
  42. Caitlin Matos (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2007)
  43. Colin Harvey-Lewis (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2007-2008)*
  44. Tanya Drummond (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2007-2008)*
  45. Halley Crissman (Independent Project, 2007-2008)*
  46. Tae Hoon Lee (Volunteer, 2007-2008)
  47. Louise O’Shea (Volunteer, 2007-2008)*
  48. Lynn Macrae (Volunteer, 2007-2008)*
  49. Jill Breit (Volunteer, 2007-2008)
  50. Gabrielle Miller (Volunteer, 2007-2008)
  51. Sara Hughes (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2008)*
  52. Valerie MacIntyre (MBNS Discover McGill Student, Summer 2008)
  53. Megan Crow (Independent Project, 2008-2009)
  54. Allyson Graham (Volunteer, 2008-2009)*
  55. Alyson Digby (Independent Project, 2008-2009)
  56. Ciara Briscoe (Honours Student, 2008-2009)*
  57. Julian Becher (Independent Project, 2008-2009)
  58. Emily Foxen-Craft (Volunteer, 2008-2009)*
  59. Corey Baimel (Volunteer, 2008-2009)
  60. Zahra Ramji (Volunteer, Summer 2009)
  61. Amrit Kirpalani (Volunteer, Summer 2009)
  62. Allyson Leja (Work-Study Student/Research Assistant, 2009-2012)*
  63. Josiane Mapplebeck (Volunteer/Independent Project/Research Assistant, 2009-2014)*
  64. John Tabaka (Volunteer, 2009-2011, 2016-2017)*
  65. Sarah Glick (Volunteer, 2010)*
  66. Sarah Clarke (Volunteer, 2010)
  67. Alex Silver (Independent Project, 2010)*
  68. Austin Zaloum (Independent Project, 2010)*
  69. Lucas Topham (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2010-2011)*
  70. Georgia Hathaway (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2010-2012)
  71. Peter Slepian (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2010-2012)
  72. Tina Niaki (Volunteer, 2010-2011)*
  73. Mengsha Chen (Volunteer, 2010-2011)*
  74. Ilana Birnbaum (Volunteer, 2010-2011)
  75. Daniel Low (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2010-2012)*
  76. Nyrie Israelian (Volunteer, 2010-2011)*
  77. Nik Lajeunesse (Independent Project, 2010-2011)
  78. Jan Czerminski (Independent Project, 2010-2012)*
  79. Vanessa Tabry (Volunteer, 2010-2011)*
  80. Sara Mirali (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2011-2014)*
  81. Anastassia Dokova (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2011-2012)*
  82. Anqi Zhang (Volunteer, 2011-2012)
  83. Kelsey Isbester (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2011-2012)*
  84. Yashmi Mahat (Volunteer, 2011-2012)
  85. Caitlin McLeod (Volunteer, 2011-2012)
  86. Yang Zhu (Volunteer, 2012)
  87. David Yachnin (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2012-2013)*
  88. Jaclyn Marcovitz (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2012-2013)*
  89. Melissa Sukosd (Volunteer, 2012-2013)*
  90. Philip Leger (Volunteer, 2012-2013)*
  91. Kimberly Dossett (Honours Student, 2012-2013)*
  92. Erinn Acland (Honours Student, 2012-2013)*
  93. Megan Webb (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2012-2013)
  94. Elizabeth Williams (Volunteer, 2013-2014)
  95. Eirndeep Boparai (Volunteer, 2013)
  96. Di (Ann) Chen (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2013-2014)*
  97. Nicholas Hurst (Volunteer, 2013-2014)
  98. Basil Kadoura (Volunteer, 2013-2014)*
  99. Jordan Lerner (Volunteer, 2013)
  1. Rebecca Pearl (Volunteer, 2013)*
  2. Renee Yan (Honours Student, 2013-2014)
  3. Lindsey Gerstein (Independent Project, 2013-2014)*
  4. Sarasa Tohyama (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2014-2015)*
  5. Hayley Crawhall-Duk (Volunteer, 2014-2015)*
  6. John Pidakala (Volunteer, 2014)*
  7. Liane Stein (Independent Project, 2014-2015)*
  8. Elizabeth Corley (Summer Intern, 2014)*
  9. Pinkal Patel (Independent Project, 2014-2015)*
  10. Ilana Walters (Independent Project, 2014-2015)*
  11. Alexandra Klein (Independent Project, 2014-2015)
  12. Patrycja Myszak (Independent Project, 2014-2015)
  13. Tess Levy (Independent Project, 2014-2015)*
  14. Carley Small (Volunteer, 2014-2016)
  15. Morgan Smith (Independent Project, 2014-2015)
  16. Lea Bernier (Summer Intern, 2015)
  17. Andrea Aternali (Independent Project, 2015-2017)*
  18. Michael Haichin (Volunteer, 2015-2016)*
  19. Nur Akkurt (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2015-2017)*
  20. Sariya Idriss (Independent Project, 2015-2016)
  21. Vivienne Litzke (Independent Project, 2015-2016)
  22. Ariana Giuliano (Volunteer, 2015-2017)
  23. Lee Meluban (Volunteer, 2016-2017)*
  24. Elizabeth Gleason (Volunteer, 2016)
  25. Elisa Cordeiro Matos (Volunteer, 2016-2017)
  26. Shannon Drouin (Volunteer, 2016-2017)*
  27. Ziyaan Harji (Volunteer, 2016-2017)
  28. Spencer Gair (Volunteer, 2016)
  29. Laurissa Cebryk (Volunteer, 2016)
  30. Kayla Venditti (Volunteer, 2016)
  31. Christina Santella (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2016-2017)
  32. Olivia Silva (Volunteer, 2016-2017)*
  33. Civia Chen (Volunteer, 2016-2017)*
  34. Nadia Boachie (Volunteer, 2017)*
  35. Ryan Pecore (Volunteer, 2017)
  36. Ricardo Chejfec Ciociano (Volunteer, 2017)
  37. Mariam Majeed (Volunteer, 2017)*
  38. Stephania Donayre Pimentel (Volunteer, 2017)*
  39. Rachel Nejade (Volunteer, 2017)*
  40. Neil Wu (Volunteer, 2017)*
  41. Gabrielle Guanaes Silva Dutra (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2017-2019)*
  42. Alex (Chengyang) Wang (Independent Project, 2017-2019)*
  43. Laura Diamond (Independent Project, 2017-2018)*
  44. Leora Pearl-Dowler (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2018-2019)
  45. Khrystia MacKinnon (Volunteer, 2018)
  46. William (Mingtong) Wei (Volunteer, 2018-2019)
  47. Alana Bertin (Volunteer, 2018)
  48. Janet Zhao (Volunteer/Honours Student, 2018-2020)*
  49. Stephanie Rohn (Volunteer, 2018-2019)
  50. Hannah Gans (Volunteer, 2018-2019)
  51. Lea Epstein (Volunteer, 2018-2019)
  52. Donald Chang (Volunteer, 2019)
  53. Teodora Markova (Volunteer, 2019-2020)*
  54. Mingjuan Liu (Volunteer, 2019-2020)
  55. Anna Nuechterlein (Volunteer, 2019)
  56. Ece Toprak (Volunteer, 2019)*
  57. Christina Incaini (Volunteer, 2019)
  58. Chloe Davidson (Volunteer, 2019-2020)
  59. Spencer Schlott (Volunteer, 2019-2020)
  60. Pelin Denecli (Volunteer, 2019-2020)*
  61. Farida Farid (Volunteer, 2019-2020)
  62. Ben Lawson (Volunteer, 2019)
  63. Ivey Norton (Volunteer, 2019-2020)
  64. Maya Ahia (Volunteer, 2020-2021)
  65. Simon Carrier (Volunteer, 2021-2022)
  66. Leah Abdul Reda (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2021-2022)
  67. Charlotte Pittman (Independent Project, 2021-2022)*
  68. Robert Contofalsky (Honours Student, 2021-2022)
  69. Dalia Kozak (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2021-2022)*
  70. Charlie O’Brien (Volunteer, 2021)
  71. Tess Brogard (Volunteer, 2022)
  72. Lisa Calvano (Volunteer, 2022-2023)
  73. Boaz Laor (Volunteer, 2022-2023)
  74. Isabel Aboud (Volunteer, 2022-2023)
  75. Mathilde Ferland (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022-2023)
  76. Andrea Villegas Chacon (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022-2023)
  77. Lianfang Liang (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022-2023)
  78. Janik Felcarek-Hope (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022)
  79. Paula Sanchez (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022-2023)
  80. Lilian Yoffe (Volunteer/Independent Project, 2022-2023)
  81. Injy Fouda (Volunteer, 2022-2023)
  82. Gabriel Firanescu (Volunteer, 2023)
  83. Yifan Han (Volunteer, 2023)
  84. Cathy Fang (Volunteer, 2023)
  85. Lys Evenou (Volunteer, 2023)
  86. Maria Zilic (Volunteer, 2023)
  87. Elodie Nickner (Volunteer, 2023)
  88. Alexandra Bertrand (Volunteer, 2023)
  89. Dana Harrell (Volunteer, 2023)
  90. Marc-Antoine Johnson (Volunteer, 2023)
  91. Melanie Di Maria (Volunteer, 2023)
  92. Olivia Cargnel (Volunteer, 2023)
  93. Saba Ashjaee (Volunteer, 2023)
  94. Simone Ropp (Volunteer, 2023)
  95. Sorrell Towou Mbuko (Volunteer, 2023)





Funding Sources

'Cause Science Costs $$$

The activities of MOGILab are or have been funded by (in chronological order):

Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation
We would like to especially and gratefully acknowledge the generous and continuing contributions to MOGILab of the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation (especially the late Mr. Alan Edwards, Ms. Jane Edwards and Mr. Eric Hoguet) , and of the late Mrs. Ruth Mogil.


It Takes a Village...

MOGILab has been fortunate enough to collaborate with a number of excellent pain research labs over the years. Major collaborators include:

  • Franco J. Vaccarino
    Undergraduate advisor; University of Toronto
  • John C. Liebeskind
    Graduate advisor (deceased); University of California, Los Angeles
  • Przemyslaw Marek
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Wendy F. Sternberg
    University of California, Los Angeles; Haverford College
  • Benjamin Kest
    University of California, Los Angeles; CUNY-CSI
  • John K. Belknap
    Postdoctoral advisor (deceased); Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Judith E. Grisel
    Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Roger B. Fillingim
    University of Florida
  • Michael W. Salter
    University of Toronto
  • Luda Diatchenko
    McGill University
  • Arkady Khoutorsky
    McGill University

A full list of co-published collaborators (PIs only) is presented here in chronological order, with affiliations at the time of collaboration:

  • Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu
    Tel Aviv University
  • Anthony L. Vaccarino
    University of New Orleans
  • Bogdan Sadowski
    Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Anne Spence
    UC Irvine
  • Robert Pechnick
  • Charles E. Inturrisi
    Cornell University Medical School
  • Malcolm J. Low
  • David K. Grandy
  • Olivier Civelli
    Roche Biosciences
  • Jisheng Han
    Beijing Medical College
  • Edwin J. McCleskey
  • Albert Dahan
    University of Leiden
  • Carol Lichtensteiger
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kenneth J. Sufka
    University of Mississippi
  • Jin Mo Chung
    University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • Gregory I. Elmer
    Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
  • Marshall Devor
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Emeran Mayer
  • Yvette Tache
  • Chris M. Flores
    University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Allan I. Basbaum
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Lei Yu
    University of Cincinnati
  • Janice Juraska
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kenneth E. McCarson
    University of Kansas Medical Center
  • John E. Pintar
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers)
  • Gavril W. Pasternak
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Girolamo Calo’
    University of Ferrara
  • Sandra Rodriguez-Zas
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cory Teuscher
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • William J. Roberts
    Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Terence J. Coderre
    McGill University
  • Margaret (Peggy) R. Wallace
    University of Florida
  • Roland Staud
    University of Florida
  • Timothy J. Ness
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Victor J. Hruby
    University of Arizona
  • Ze’ev Seltzer
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Richard Smith-Carliss
    Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Rebecca M. Craft
    Washington State University
  • Anna Maria Aloisi
    Siena University
  • Raymond A. Dionne
  • Linda Bartoshuk
    Yale University
  • James Witter
    Food and Drug Administration
  • Joyce A. Deleo
    Dartmouth College
  • Remi Quirion
    McGill University
  • Peter W. Reeh
    University of Erlangen
  • Mitchell B. Max
  • Gilles Plourde
    McGill University
  • Philippe Seguela
    McGill University
  • Cheryl L. Stucky
    Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Daniel J. Levitin
    McGill University
  • Anna K. Naumova
    McGill University
  • Philippe Gros
    McGill University
  • Emil Skamene
    McGill University
  • Yves De Koninck
    Laval University
  • Serge Rivest
    Laval University
  • David J. Clark
    Stanford University
  • Gary Peltz
    Roche Biosciences
  • Kevin Wickman
    University of Minnesota
  • Yitzhak (Irv) Binik
    McGill University
  • Bernard Brais
    Universite de Montreal
  • Maureen Simmonds
    McGill University
  • Mark Behlke
    IDT Inc.
  • Maxim Dobretsov
    University of Arkansas
  • Joern Lotsch
    Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University
  • Grace Rossi
    University of Long Island
  • Anne-Marie Malfait
    Rush University
  • Ken Craig
    University of British Columbia
  • Michel Ferrari
    Leiden University Medical Centre
  • Arn van den Maagdenberg
    Leiden University Medical Centre
  • Inna Belfer
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Gary J. Bennett
    McGill University
  • Karen Davis
    University of Toronto
  • Stuart Derbyshire
    National University of Singapore
  • Jason J. McDougall
    University of Calgary
  • Oliver D. King
    Boston Biomedical Research Institute
  • Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva
    McGill University
  • Michael W. Salter
    University of Toronto
  • Simon Beggs
    University of Toronto
  • Guy Rouleau
    McGill University
  • Gary Peltz
    Stanford University
  • William Maixner
    University of North Carolina
  • Luda Diatchenko
    University of North Carolina/McGill University
  • Clifford J. Woolf
    Harvard University
  • Ana M. Valdes
    University of Nottingham
  • Nahum Sonenberg
    McGill University
  • Ted Price
    University of Arizona/UT Dallas
  • Bradley K. Taylor
    University of Kentucky
  • Philippe Seguela
    McGill University
  • John N. Wood
    University College London
  • Anne E. Olesen
    Aarhus University
  • James G. Pfaus
    Concordia University
  • Camilla I. Svensson
    Karolinska Institute
  • Jonathan Kimmelman
    McGill University
  • George Tseng
    University of Pittsburgh
  • R. Mark Henkelman
    University of Toronto
  • Jennifer Bartz
    McGill University
  • Robert Sapolsky
    Stanford University
  • Christine Chambers
    Dalhousie University
  • Artur Kania
    McGill University
  • Ardem Patapoutian
    Scripps Institute
  • Imad Damaj
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Henry Lester
    California Institute of Technology
  • Ru-rong Ji
    Duke University
  • Arkady Khoutorksy
    McGill University
  • Takefumi Kikusui
    Azabu University
  • Malcolm Macleod
    University of Edinburgh
  • Christos Gkogkas
    University of Edinburgh
  • Eric Troncy
    University of Montreal
  • C. Greg Neely
    University of Sydney
  • Duncan Lascelles
    North Carolina State University
  • Mark Zylka
    University of North Carolina
  • Tuan Trang
    University of Calgary
  • David Bennett
    Oxford University
  • Reza Sharif-Naeini
    McGill University
  • Sarah Linnstaedt
    University of North Carolina
  • Amanda CdeC Williams
    University College London
  • Daniel Pang
    University of Calgary
  • Robert Bonin
    University of Toronto
  • Cheryl Stucky
    Medical College of Wisconsin

Quick Links to Collaborators / Lab Members

MOGILab in the Media

MOGILab has an unusual amount of experience interacting with the media, and is always happy to do so. Research from MOGILab has been heavily covered by both mainstream and social media, with 22 published papers having Altmetric scores over 100.



Wire Services







MOGILab publishes its findings in books, book chapters, and especially in both general-interest and specialty journals, including Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Methods, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.Journal of Neuroscience, and PAIN.

Original Papers

Review Papers

Edited Books

Book Chapters

Training Opportunities

MOGILab trains students at the Undergraduate, Graduate (Ph.D. students only), and Postdoctoral levels.


Training Opportunities


McGill University students interested in working in the MOGILab should contact Dr. Mogil by e-mail or in person. Psychology Honours program students, Independent Project students and volunteers are all welcome, but volunteers (at least to start) are preferred. Also getting preference are students who have taken (and done well in!) Dr. Mogil’s course: PSYC 302 (Psychology of Pain). Sorry, no paid positions are available, as there are many more volunteer applicants than available positions.


Training Opportunities

Persons interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in the lab (note: we don’t train terminal Masters students) are encouraged to contact Dr. Mogil for instructions on where to apply. Dr. Mogil is a member of both the McGill Graduate Program in Psychology and the McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience. Application deadlines for the former program are December 1 and for the latter program are March 15 (for international applicants) and June 1 (for Canadian citizens and permanent residents).


Training Opportunities

Persons interested in postdoctoral fellowships in the lab should contact Dr. Mogil directly by e-mail.

Research Assistant

Training Opportunities

No paid Research Assistant positions are available at the present time.


MOGILab believes in providing scientific resources to the community in forms other than standard research papers. Browse our downloadable databases of research findings, trends, and bibliometric analyses.

PAIN Meta-Trend Analyses

Downloadable Files

In this paper, published in 2009, Dr. Mogil opened and categorized every primary research article published in the journal, PAIN, from its founding in 1975 until the end of 2007.

Here is the raw data for this analysis, including identifying information, bibliometric data (as of 2008), and coding of the Purpose, Subject, Stimulus, Measure, and Patient Types of each paper.

Here is an extensive bibliometric analysis of the corpus of papers, including authors, cited references, title words, yearly output, countries, institutions, and departments.


Pain Genes Db

Downloadable Files

The Pain Genes Database has not been updated since 2015, and no longer functions since it was created using Adobe Flash Player. Any party interested in taking over the database is encouraged to contact Dr. Mogil. All the information contained in the Pain Genes Database is here in these two Excel spreadsheets:

This one is the Selector database, with information on 434 knocked-out genes and summary information on the mutant phenotypes.

This one is the Browser database, with detailed information about the mutant phenotype as defined by all relevant published papers.


Department of Psychology
McGill University
Dr. Jeffrey Mogil
1205 Doctor Penfield Avenue, Rm. N7/42
Montreal, QC H3A 1B1
Office: (514) 398-6085
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