Details of Research psychopharmacology

Details of Research

The Department conducts independent research as well as collaborative projects with other departments at NIMHANS, and with other institutes in the city and country. The Department has had international collaborations, as well.


The Department engages in research in the following fields:

Dr. Chittaranjan Andrade (Psychopharmacology)- Professor and Dean (Basic Sciences)

Area of work

  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Ketamine and other modern medicinal drugs
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation
  • Herbal psychotropic agents

Research in the above fields includes human as well as animal studies. However, the Department is making a shift towards exclusive clinical research in collaboration with the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology in NIMHANS and elsewhere.

  • Human studies include investigations of efficacy, adverse effects, mechanisms, neuropsychological issues, psychosocial issues, and related disciplines within the broad fields listed.
  • Animal studies are mostly behavioural in nature but have recently included histopathological investigations, as well.

Dr. M.M. Srinivas Bharath (Neurotoxicology)-Professor and Head

Area of work

  • Animal models to understand neurotoxicology and CNS disease pathogenesis
  • Cellular models of CNS disease pathogenesis and neurotoxicology
  • Redox and mitochondrial dynamics in brain and muscle in health and disease


Dr. Priyamvada Sharma (Drug Toxicology)-Assistant Professor

Area of work 

  • Clinical Monitoring of alcohol, solvents narcotic and psychotropic substances.
  • Therapeutic Drug monitoring
  • Analysis of Metal Toxicity in clinical samples
  • Analysis of smoked and smokeless tobacco products for nicotine, flavours and nitrosamines.
  • Biomarkers for second hand smoke exposure and environmental pollution
  • Cannabinoids induced Acute and persistent psychosis


Dr. Phalguni Anand Alladi (Neurotoxicology)- Scientist ‘F’

Area of work

  • Understanding the mechanisms of differential susceptibility to Parkinson´s disease using mice models
  • Identification of organellar hierarchy in Parkinson´s disease pathogenesis
  • Age-related changes in human basal ganglia components
  • Identification of CSF Biomarkers for Parkinson´s disease with cognitive deficits 


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Dr. Rugmani Meenambal (Nanomedicine)- DST-INSIPRE Faculty

Area of work 

  • Synthesis and development of novel functional nanomaterials. 
  • Material characterization and analysis
  • Application of developed probes in multimodal brain imaging and drug delivery