Dr. David L. Cedeño is the Director of Basic Research at the Millennium Pain Center (Bloomington, IL) and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University (Normal, IL). He got his Diploma in Chemistry (B.S. equivalent) at Universidad del Valle and worked as a research and development chemist at Colgate-Palmolive and Lloreda Soaps and Glycerine in Cali, Colombia. He earned his doctorate from Baylor University in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University from 1999 to 2001. He moved to Illinois State University in2001 as an assistant professor and earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2007. He has been associated with the Millennium Pain Center since 2012. Dr. Cedeño has authored/coauthored 33 peer-reviewed publications, two patent applications and 57 research and education presentations. Dr. Cedeño’s academic efforts at Illinois State University have been recognized with a Research Initiative Award, the John Dorsey Award for Outstanding Teacher, and the College of Arts and Sciences Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Service. His research interests include the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic agents for chronic pain, the development of photodynamic treatment drugs for cutaneous leishmaniasis, and the development of choline inhibitors for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.