Subhash C. Pandey, PhD


Dept. of Psychiatry,
University of Illinois at
Chicago & Jesse Brown VA
Medical Center
820 South Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone: 312-569-7418
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Moonat S, Sakharkar AJ, Zhang H, Subhash C. Pandey( 2010) The role of amygdaloid brain-derived neurotrophic factor, activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein and dentritic spines in anxiety and alcoholism. Addiction Biology(Dec 23, Epub ahead of print)

Zhang H, Sakharkar AJ, Shi G, Ugale R, Prakash A, Subhash C. Pandey (2010) Neuropeptide Y signaling in the central nucleus of amygdala regulates alcohol-drinking and anxiety-like behaviors of alcohol-preferring rats. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 34: 451-461.

Subhash C. Pandey, Ugale R, Zhang H, Tang L, Prakash A (2008) Brain chromatin remodeling: a novel mechanism of alcoholism. J Neurosci 28: 3729-3737.

Subhash C. Pandey, Zhang H, Ugale R, Prakash A, Xu T, Misra K (2008) Effector immediate-early gene Arc in the amygdala plays a critical role in alcoholism. J Neurosci 28:2589-2600.

Prakash A, Zhang H, Subhash C. Pandey (2008) Innate differences in the expression of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the specific circuitry of extended amygdala of alcohol preferring (P) and non-preferring (NP) rats. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 32:909-920.

Subhash C. Pandey, Zhang H, Roy A, Misra K (2006) Central and medial amygdaloid brain-derived neurotrophic factor signaling plays a critical role in alcohol-drinking and anxiety-like behaviors. J Neuroscience 26:8320-8331.

Subhash C. Pandey, Zhang H, Roy A, Xu T (2005) Deficits in amygdaloid cAMP-responsive element-binding protein signaling play a role in genetic predisposition to anxiety and alcoholism. J Clin Investigation 115:2762-2773.

Subhash C. Pandey, Roy A, Zhang H (2004) Partial deletion of the CREB gene promotes alcohol-drinking behaviors. J Neuroscience 24:5022-5030.

Subhash C. Pandey (2003) Anxiety and alcohol abuse disorders: a common role for CREB and its target, the neuropeptide Y gene. Trends Pharmacological Sciences 24:456-460.

Subhash C. Pandey, Roy A, Zhang H (2003) The decreased phosphorylation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) response element binding (CREB) protein in the central amygdala acts as a molecular substrate for anxiety related to ethanol withdrawal in rats. Alcohol: Clin Exp Res 27:396-409.

Subhash C. Pandey, PhD

Professor of biochemistry in Psychiatry
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research
VA Career Scientist

Dr. Subhash Pandey is a nationally and internationally well-known neuroscientist in the alcohol addiction field and has contributed significantly towards a better understanding of the neurobiology of alcoholism. Two striking features of alcohol addiction are the rapid onset of tolerance to the acute effects of alcohol and the development of ethanol withdrawal symptoms after cessation of protracted ethanol consumption. Predisposition to alcohol abuse may involve abnormalities in the signaling cascade pathways that ultimately lead to abnormal gene transcription patterns in the specific neural circuitry of the brain. The long-term goal of Dr. Pandey’s alcohol research program is to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms (cAMP responsive element binding protein (CREB) gene transcription factor and CREB-related genes; epigenetics) involved in anxiety, alcohol dependence and/or alcohol drinking behaviors so as to eventually provide a basis for designing drugs to treat alcohol abuse and anxiety disorders. Changes in CREB function may also lead to changes in synaptic structures, such as dendritic spines in the brain, during ethanol exposure and its withdrawal. Dr. Pandey’s lab has also involved in investigating the epigenetic mechanisms (chromatin remodeling due to histone modifications and DNA methylation) of anxiety and alcohol addiction. An additional area of Dr. Pandey’s interest is to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are operative in the interactions between ethanol and nicotine. It is possible that alcohol and nicotine may share common molecular mechanisms in common neurocircuitry involved in producing behaviors related to co-abuse of smoking and drinking. Some of his work has been highlighted by National Institutes of Health:


Molecular and cellular neurobiology of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

American Society for Neuroscience, Indian Pharmacological Society, Research Society on Alcoholism; International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society for Neurochemistry;International Society for Neurochemistry;Indian Academy of Neurosciences; Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum(CINP)

  1. Epigenetic mechanisms of alcoholism and anxiety
  2. Neuronal signaling in alcoholism
  3. Role of CREB and related genes in alcoholism and anxiety
  4. Genetic basis of alcoholism
  5. Role of adolescent ethanol exposure on epigenetic and behavioral changes at adulthood