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Subhash C. Pandey PhD

  • Director, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics
  • Professor of Biochemistry in Psychiatry
  • Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research
  • Senior VA Career Research Scientist
  • Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
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.

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Gabriela Wandling BA

  • Research Assistant
  • Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Gabriela Wandling received her BA degree from UIC in 2015. She is working under Dr. Subhash C. Pandey in the Center for Alcohol and Research in Epigenetics as a post bacc research aide, specializing in the epigenetic effects of alcohol on the brain. She is also responsible for day to day research-related administrative work of the center.

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Huaibo Zhang MD, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Huaibo Zhang has been working in the field of epigenetics of the alcoholism using different animal models. He is actively involved in investigating different epigenetic mechanisms (e.g. histone acetylation/deacetylation, DNA methylation/demethylation) and synaptic plasticity in the development of alcohol dependence and alcoholism, which are operative in the impact of adolescent drinking on alcohol abuse at adolescent hood as well as adulthood.

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Harish Krishnan MD, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Harish Krishnan

Evan Kyzar MD, PhD

  • MD/Phd Candidate
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Evan Kyzar graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Tulane University in 2012, where he conducted research on drugs of abuse in zebrafish and rodent models and received the Senior Scholar in Neuroscience award given for the most outstanding honor's thesis Evan is now pursuing his MD/PhD in the MSTP at UIC and working with Dr. Pandey to elucidate the effects of adolescent alcohol exposure on novel transcriptional and epigenetic pathways in the adult amygdala. Evan is funded by an NRSA F30 fellowship from NIAAA.

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Ryan Patwell

  • Graduate Research Assistant / PhD Candidate
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Ryan received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from UIC in 2013 and is currently a PhD candidate investigating the effects of alcohol on the brain. His current focus is to understand the epigenetic regulation of FGF21 signaling in pre-clinical models of alcoholism. The goal of his work is to evaluate the FGF21 signaling pathway as a potential therapeutic target for treating alcohol use disorders.

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Handojo Kusumo PhD

  • Senior Research Specialist
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Kusumo received PhD in biological sciences from Simon Fraser University, Canada and then received further training molecular biology. His research is focusing on epigenetic mechanisms of alcoholism, such as how histone acetylation, methylation and DNA methylation regulates behavioral phenotypes related to ethanol exposure.

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John Peyton Bohnsack PhD

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
John Peyton Bohnsack

Russell Dulman BS

  • MD / PhD Candidate
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Russell Dulman received his BS in Biology from Duke University in 2013 before working as a post-bac research associate at the NIH where he modeled compulsive alcohol drinking behaviors. In 2015, Russell started his studies as an MD/PhD student at UIC.

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Rajangad S. Gurtatta

  • Undergraduate GPPA Medicine Student
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Raj is currently receiving his BS in Neuroscience at UIC. He is working as a Undergraduate research aide. His research focuses on sex differences in the epigenetic mechanisms of alcohol effects using animal models.

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