Dr Supriya Swarnkar
Consulting Editor: Supriya Swarnkar (PhD)
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Department of Neuroscience, Jupiter, Florida, USA
I graduated with Ph.D. from CSIR - Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India under the supervision of Dr. Chandishwar Nath, having lot exposure in the field of neuroscience and that's how I have obtained excellent training in neurobiology, biochemistry and published important papers in reputed scientific journals. In my Ph.D., I have showed that oxidative stress differentially modulates the vulnerability of neurons in the brain regions – striatum, mid brain, frontal cortex and hippocampus– using a rat animal model. Our study has indicated that this variability in sensitivity may be of significance in relation to oxidative stress-induced selective neuronal degeneration (Swarnkar et al., 2009). In a continued effort to understand the neurodegeneration, I worked on the mechanisms of toxicity in the animal models of Parkinson disease. Overall my work showed that neuronal toxicity in the mouse models of the disease could be reversed by antioxidants. This work has been published in various international journals (Swarnkar et al., 2010, 2011, 2012 and
My long-term goal is to understand the mechanistic details of the disease process and develop drugs that could help delay or prevent neurodegenerative disease. Towards this end, I got an opportunity to work in the renowned institution as a postdoctoral fellow in The Scripps Research Institution located in Jupiter, Florida, USA, with Dr. Subramaniam. My postdoc work was focused on protein, Rhes, and its role in Huntington’s disease (Swarnkar et al., 2015). Currently, I am continuing in Scripps Research Institute as Research Associate with Dr. Puthanveettil, to uncover “Role of kinesins in memory" my hope is to further continue and contribute my Ph.D. and postdoctoral research experience to learn more new things.