Joshua Havelin, P.h.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, with a focus in Neuroscience
  • Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Medical Biology, with honors

Biography:

I grew up in upstate New York in a small town where I developed a love for the outdoors. I received my bachelors degree with honors, in Biochemistry and Medical Biology from the University of New England in 2011. Following this I helped start and manage a research lab focused on studying poorly treated chronic pain conditions utilizing various transgenic and pharmacological tools. I went on to complete my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on Neuroscience in 2019, by studying the roles of subsets of sensory neurons in drug-resistant pain phenotypes.

Throughout graduate school and my positions as a postdoctoral research associate, I participated in as many teaching opportunities as I could, enjoying the ability to give back and educate the next generation of college graduates. During one of my postdoctoral research positions an opportunity to join the faculty of an institution arose and I pursued it, and went on to teach general chemistry concepts as well as a course and lab on biochemistry.

During all of these changes I have been an avid home brewer and home cook, and have greatly enjoyed combining my broad background in the biological/biochemical fields to my hobbies, while educating others how these fields extend beyond the classroom and can be found in the world around us everyday.

Dissertation:

  • Exploring Different Peripheral Nociceptive Input Underlying Ongoing and Movement Evoked Cancer-Induced Bone Pain (https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/etd/3098/).

Publications:

  1. TIMP-1 attenuates the development of inflammatory pain through MMP-dependent and receptor-mediated cell signaling mechanisms. Brittany E Knight, Nathan Kozlowski, Joshua Havelin, Tamara King, Stephen J Crocker, Erin E Young, Kyle Baumbauer. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 2019, September, Vol 12.
  2. Mechanisms Underlying Bone and Joint Pain. Joshua Havelin, Tamara King. Current Osteoporosis Reports. 2018, 16:763-771.
  3. A Kappa opioid receptor agonist blocks bone cancer pain without altering bone loss, tumor size, or cancer cell proliferation in a mouse model of cancer-induced bone pain. Edwards, KA; Havelin, JJ; Mcintosh, MI; Ciccone, HA; Pangilinan, K; Imbert, I; Largent-Milnes, TM; King, T; Vanderah, TW; Streicher, JM. The Journal of Pain. 22, January 2018. S1526-5900 epub
  4. Mediation of movement-induced breakthrough cancer pain by IB4 binding nociceptors in rats. Joshua Havelin, Ian Imbert, Devki Sukhtankar, Bethany Remeniuk, Ian Pelletier, Jonathan Gentry, Alec Okun, Timothy Tiutan, Frank Porreca, Tamara King. Journal of Neuroscience. 24 April 2017, 1212-16
  5. Effects of treadmill exercise on advanced osteoarthritis pain in rats. Allen, Joshua; Imbert, Ian; Havelin, Joshua; Henderson, Terry; Stevenson, Glenn; Liaw, Lucy; King, Tamara. In press. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2017, 69: 1407-1417
  6. Central sensitization and neuropathic features of ongoing pain in a rat model of advanced osteoarthritis. Havelin, Joshua; Imbert, Ian; Cormier, Jennifer; Allen, Joshua; Porreca, Frank; King, Tamara. The Journal of Pain. March 2016, Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 374-382
  7. Disease modification of breast cancer-induced bone remodeling by cannabinoid 2 receptor agonists. Lozano-Ondoua AN1, Hanlon KE, Symons-Liguori AM, Largent-Milnes TM, Havelin JJ, Ferland HL 3rd, Chandramouli A, Owusu-Ankomah M, Nikolich-Zugich T, Bloom AP, Jimenez-Andrade JM, King T, Porreca F, Nelson MA, Mantyh PW, Vanderah TW. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. January 2013 (1) 92-107

Presentations & Conferences:

  • Joshua Havelin, Tamara King. Illuminating new targets for cancer-induced bone pain. GSBSE Annual Meeting. Orono, ME, September 21, 2018.
  • Joshua Havelin, Owen Peterson, Michael Lambrecht, Tamara King. The role of subsets of peripheral neurons driving breakthrough pain in a model of cancer induced bone pain. Maine Chapter of SFN, November 4, 2017.
  • Joshua Havelin, Owen Peterson, Tamara King. The role of Subsets of Peripheral Nociceptive Neurons Driving Breakthrough Pain in a Model of Cancer Induced Bone Pain. GSBSE Annual Meeting. Orono, ME, September 8, 2017.
  • Joshua Havelin, Jonathon Gentry, Michael Dearborn, Cosmin Iocaban, Ian Imbert, Tamara King. Mechanistic distinctions between cancer-induced ongoing pain and movement-triggered breakthrough pain. American Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, May 17, 2017.
  • J Havelin, S Dinsdale, M Rice, and I Meng. Contribution of parabrachial projecting corneal afferents to ocular pain. Poster Presentation at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. San Diego, CA. November 12-16, 2022.
  • Josh Havelin, Ph.D., Samantha Dinsdale, Makaela Rice, Ian Meng, Ph.D. Contribution of parabrachial projecting corneal afferents to ocular pain. Poster Presentation at First Annual Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering, Portland, ME. October 13-15, 2022
  • Havelin, Joshua; Zogg, Ian; Williams, Colby; King, Tamara. Unique Roles for Subpopulations of Nociceptive Fibers in Cancer-induced Bone Pain. Poster Presentation at American Pain Society meetings, Milwaukee, WI. April 3-6, 2019.
  • Havelin, J. King, T. Separation of roles for nociceptors populations in cancer-induced ongoing and hindpaw movement evoked pain. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience 48th annual meeting. San Diego, CA. November 2-7, 2018.
  • Joshua Havelin, Tamara King. Investigating multiple aspects of cancer-induced bone pain ad employing optogenetic tools to delineate the role of primary afferents from the bone. Poster presentation at Maine Chapter of SFN, October 20, 2018.
  • Joshua Havelin, Tamara King. Distinct Sensory Neuron Populations Mediate Ongoing and Breakthrough Pain. Poster presentation at the International Association for the Study of Pain Biannual Meeting. Boston, MA. September 12-16, 2018.
  • J.J. Havelin, J.R. Yasko, C. Esancy, R. Geguchadze, K.M. Baumbauer, T.E. King, D.C. Molliver. Expression of a Gi-insensitive adenyl cyclase isoform AC2 in mouse sensory neurons: Contributions to nociceptive signaling. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience 47th annual meeting. Washington D.C. November 11-15, 2017.
  • Joshua Havelin, Jonathon Gentry, Michael Dearborn, Cosmin Iocaban, Ian Imbert, Tamara King. Mechanistic distinctions between cancer-induced ongoing pain and movement-triggered breakthrough pain. Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS), MDI Biological Laboratories, Bar Harbor, ME, April 28-29, 2017.
  • Joshua Havelin, Jonathon Gentry, Michael Dearborn, Ian Imbert, Tamara King. Mechanistic distinctions between cancer-induced ongoing pain and movement-triggered breakthrough pain. New England Science Symposium, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, March 25, 2017.
  • Michael Dearborn*, Ian Pelletier, Jonathan Gentry, Joshua Havelin, Ian Imbert, Devki Sukhtankar, Bethany Remeniuk, Frank Porreca, Tamara King. Pain and Pain Relief: Using Motivation to Explore Mechanisms Underlying Cancer-induced Pain in Rats. American Pain Society 35th Annual Scientific Meeting. Austin, TX May 11-14, 2016
  • Jonathan Gentry, Michael Dearborn, Joshua Havelin, Ian Imbert, Tamara King. Mechanistic distinctions between cancer-induced ongoing pain and movement-triggered breakthrough pain. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience 46th annual meeting. November 12-16, 2016.

Awards & Honors:

  • Nominated for Student Mentorship and Advising Award Spring 2022
  • Lead Judge for Biomedical Sciences section of Maine State Science Fair, Spring 2018, Spring 2021
  • Society For Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development award recipient (Fall 2017)
  • Recognized as “meaningful mentor” to students by University of New England (Spring/Fall 2012)
  • Graduation with honors following the completion of both an oral defense and written thesis from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of New England (Spring 2011)
  • Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st place Oral Presentation of a Literature Review at the University of New England (Spring 2010)
  • University of New England Summer Stipend recipient (Summer 2009)
  • Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athletic Honor Society (Spring 2009)
  • All Conference Runner in The Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships (Fall 2007)

Committee Involvement:

  • Chemistry Club Advisor, UNE, 2023-2024
  • Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) Member, UNE, 2022

Community Involvement:

  • Poster judge in the “First” Annual Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering Symposium (Fall 2022)
  • Judge in the Maine State Science Fair (Spring 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2022)
  • Part-time employee at brewery in Monmouth, Maine (Summer 2022 – Current)
  • Participated and competed in Maine Beer Weeks “Pro-Am” event 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023 in Portland Maine
  • Volunteering for the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation, CEN (Summer 2012, 2013)
  • Member of “Ducks Unlimited” and “Ruffed Grouse Society” environmental and agricultural preservation organizations
Joshua Havelin, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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