Dr. Raj Rajakumar
(Cross-appointed with the Department of Psychiatry)
Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
M.Sc. University of Western Ontario
M.B.B.S. University of Peradeniya
Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 80521
1. Molecular mechanisms underlying the manifestation of symptoms in schizophrenia.
2. Neurobiology of autism.
Overview of Research:
Molecular mechanisms underlying the manifestation of symptoms in schizophrenia:
This line of research involves studying acute and chronic changes in the levels of phosphoproteins, signalling intermediates, transcription factors and target gene expression in key areas in the brain following administration of antipsychotic drugs and psychotropic drugs in animals, and studying molecular changes in animal models of schizophrenia. A number of molecular biological, neuroanatomical and behavioural methods in combination with intracerebral administration of drugs/blockers/siRNA are employed in awake, behaving animals. Expected results may further our understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying schizophrenic symptoms and may point to potential novel therapeutic targets.
Collaborator: Dr. W.J. Rushlow, Department of Psychiatry
For publications, please visit Dr. Rajakumar's Google Scholar page.