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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 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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Huaibo Zhang MD, PhD

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

Kumar U. Kotlo DVM, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor

Kumar Kotlo, DVM; PhD; is Research Assistant Professor the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Kotlo received his DVM and Master’s in Veterinary Microbiology degrees from College of Veterinary Sciences, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India and PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s NF, Canada.  Dr.

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Handojo Kusumo PhD

  • Senior Research Specialist
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois 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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Donghong He MS

  • Senior Research Specialist and Lab Manager

Donghong (Donna) received her MS in Medical Science in 1995 from Tongji Medical University in China. She joined the lab in 2012 and currently produces viral vectors for the NIAAA-funded INIA consortium. Donna is also interested in elucidating cellular signaling mechanisms regulated by the receptor tyrosine kinase ALK.

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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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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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Ashley Greene

  • Undergraduate Volunteer Researcher

Psychiatric disorders, Alcohol Use Disorder, Epigenetics, Brain-Gut axis

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Akash Patel

  • Research Volunteer

Nethra Senthilkumar

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer, Dr. Subhash Pandey's Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Nethra is a second-year GPPA BA/MD Medicine student at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is currently pursuing a degree in neuroscience. Nethra has been a member of Pandey Lab since the summer of 2023, and she will continue her interests in research along with her undergraduate studies.

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Akshita Wadhwa BS

  • Administrative Assistant and Lab Technician
  • Dr. Subhash Pandey's Lab, Alcohol Research Center
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Akshita is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois Chicago, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology with a Behavioral Health Concentration in Integrated Health Studies. Throughout her academic journey, she was an active contributor to the Psi Chi community, demonstrating a strong commitment to psychology and behavioral sciences. Her passion for research drove her to engage in several impactful projects. 

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