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Subhash C. Pandey PhD

  • Joseph A. Flaherty MD, Endowed Professor of Psychiatry
  • 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
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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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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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Emir Malovic PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Emir Malovic received his PhD in neuroscience from Iowa State University. Broadly, he studied the neuroinflammatory mechanisms of astrocytes and microglia in Parkinson’s disease and manganism. His primary focus was in elucidating the mechanistic connections between N’6-methyladenosine (m6A) mRNA modifications and the inflammatory responses of manganese exposed astrocytes. With these new insights, Emir wishes to investigate m6A epitranscriptomic mechanisms of regulation in alcohol use disorder (AUD) for the purposes of therapeutic intervention.

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Brindet Socrates

  • Undergraduate Volunteer Researcher
Brindet Socrates is an Undergraduate Volunteer Researcher, part of the UIC GPPA Medical Scholars Program. He is currently interested in learning about epigenetic mechanisms associated with alcohol use.

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Tara Cruise BA

  • Research Associate
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Tara is a member of Pandey Lab, where she researches the epigenetic mechanisms of alcohol use disorder. Tara graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience. She is currently in the first year of her PsyD in clinical psychology at Adler University. She has been a member of Pandey Lab since fall 2020 and plans to continue research alongside her doctoral studies.

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Russell Scott Dulman BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • MD/PhD Student
Russell is a UIC MSTP student who completed his PhD in the lab of Dr. Subhash C. Pandey and is currently finishing his MD studies in the College of Medicine. His PhD focused on epigenetic modifications in the cerebellum associated with ataxia following acute and chronic ethanol as well as epigenetic changes in the brain endocannabinoid system that can be targeted to reduce ethanol drinking behaviors. He is interested in pursuing Psychiatry for his clinical residency and continuing to research novel treatments for affective disorders.

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Sarah Martin

  • Volunteer/Graduate Student

Sarah is a rotation student in Dr. Subhash Pandey’s lab as part of the GEMS PhD program.

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