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Katherine Martucci

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology


Katherine Martucci Ph.D. is a neuroscientist who specializes in human clinical research of chronic pain, reward and motivation behaviors, sensory and acute pain perception, and opioid use and addiction. Dr. Martucci serves as Director of the Human Affect and Pain Neuroscience Lab which uses a combination of neuroimaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain and cervical spinal cord, as well as sensory, behavioral and psychological tests to study acute and chronic pain in humans.

   As part of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), Dr. Martucci’s lab is part of Duke University’s Department of Anesthesiology, conducting research in collaboration with the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS).

   Dr. Martucci earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest School of Medicine and continued her training in clinical research with a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr. Martucci obtained a prestigious NIH K99 “Pathway to Independence Award”. Since joining Duke University in 2018, Dr. Martucci has acquired funding via multiple NIH grants to continue her line of neuroimaging clinical research of the central nervous system in chronic pain.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology · 2024 - Present Anesthesiology, Clinical Science Departments
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2018 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience · 2023 - Present Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Wake Forest University, School of Medicine · 2011 Ph.D.
University of Connecticut · 2005 B.S.