As a neuroscientist trained in neuropharmacology, Aanonsen's research focuses on understanding the causes of chronic pain. She is investigating neurochemicals involved in processing sensory information in the spinal cord. Specifically, Aanonsen is studying whether a naturally occurring substance in the body similar to THC or Cannabinoid can help control pain. Aanonsen also direct the college’s Neuroscience Program and is director of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. EDUCATION: B.S., Edgewood College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Aanonsen has been teaching at Macalester since 1989.