My background encompasses physiology, biochemistry, immunology, psychology and neuroscience.
I wrote my dissertation on the neuroinflammatory mechanisms in neurodegneration.
Teaching areas: Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Clinical Psychology, Statistics and research methods in behavioral sciences
Overall Interest: Mental health and neurobiology of mental health problems
Effect of domestic violence/intimate partner violence on long term mental health in vulnerable populations in rural India ; Effect of communal riots on mental health of at risk populations
The neurobiology and neuroinflammation of chronic stress - identifying the molecular players in vivo.
Modeling traumatic brain injury using a brain on a chip approach, studying glial cells in co-culture and isolating therapeutic pathways using a high throughput approach.
Technical proficiency: Ten years of experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, animal colony management, rodent stereotaxic surgery, tasks assesing spatial memory, learning and social behavior in rodents, various immunohistochemical techniques and microscopy based analytical methods. I also have experience in primary cell culture. Other skills include scientific communication and image processing and analysis methods with advanced algorithms.
During my postdoctoral experience I developed a semi automated method for labeling neurons diolistically to study dendritic spine arborizations and morphology in thick brain sections.