Dr. Stefan Clemens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 252-744-2920
E-mail: clemenss@ecu.edu

Clemens Lab Website

Research Interests

Our lab is interested in understanding the organization and the functioning of the spinal cord, and the neural networks that drive and modulate this integral part of the nervous system.

The spinal cord gates sensory input and controls motor output, but it is also involved in a wide range of autonomic functions in the body. Most importantly, it plays a crucial role in a number of neurological disorders, including Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Some keywords associated with our research are:

  • Sensory-motor functions (reflexes)
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
  • Neuromodulation
  • Dopamine receptor function
  • Dopamine/morphine interactions
  • Chronic pain
  • Autonomic function
  • Electrophysiology in vitro
  • Pharmacology
  • Pain behavior (Hargeaves)
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Ultrasound echocardiography


  • M.Sc in Biology (1991); University of Münster, Germany
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Pharmacology (1998); University of Bordeaux, France
  • Postdoc (1998-2002); Georgia State University
  • Postdoc (2002-2005); Emory University
  • Research Instructor (2005-2008); Emory University
  • Assistant Professor (2008-2015); East Carolina University

Publications and Presentations