Dr. Monica Oblinger, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Chicago Medical School, received her B.A. in Psychobiology from Oberlin College in l976 and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Purdue University in l981. From 1981-1984 she trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Molecular Neurobiology. She joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Chicago Medical School in 1984 and rose through the ranks to Professor with tenure. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Department and recently assumed a secondary appointment in the new College of Pharmacy. Dr. Oblinger had a very active lab, with research funding from the National Institute of Health and other agencies, for many years, investigating the molecular underpinnings of neuronal injury and regeneration as well as the role of estrogen in neuropathic pain that develops after neural injury. She is no longer actively engaged in laboratory research.