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Ghanshyam N. Pandey PhD

  • Professor of Pharmacology with tenure, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Dr. Pandey is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry since 1981 and is Director of Mood Disorders and Suicide Research Program. His main research interests are in the neurobiology of mood disorders (bipolar illness and depression), schizophrenia and suicide. Dr. Pandey is nationally and internationally renowned expert on biochemical abnormalities associated with mood disorders and suicide. In Order to examine these neurobiological abnormalities, Dr. Pandey has been studying the role of monoamine receptors and receptor-linked signaling systems in the postmortem brain obtained from teenage and adult suicide victims and age-matched normal control subjects.

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Mark Rasenick PhD

  • Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
  • Director, Biomedical Neuroscience Training Program
  • Research Career Scientist, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Rasenick’s work has focused on G protein signaling in the nervous system and the relationship of neurotransmitter activation to rapid modification of the cytoskeleton.  He has been particularly interested in how G proteins and the cytoskeleton work in concert to modify synaptic shape and to form a molecular basis for depression and the action of antidepressant drugs.

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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Associate Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.

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