Shanaz Tejani-Butt’s research interests include the neurobiological mechanisms associated with the regulation of biogenic amines in an animal model of depressive behavior and implications of these biogenic amines in modulating a stress response, reward, and addictive behaviors as well as in the therapeutic action of drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders. Tejani-Butt’s research projects employ an animal model to study the link among stress, depressive behaviors, and diminished brain supplies of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. In addition, her lab has been investigating the effects of stress and alcohol consumption on behavioral and central parameters to determine the mechanism by which depressive behavior modulates alcohol dependency. More recently, Tejani-Butt has been studying the role of stress in posttraumatic stress disorder and examining sleep disturbances and neural mechanisms that may be implicated in this disorder. Her lectureship series have coincided with her research interests in central nervous system physiology and pharmacology, endocrine physiology and pharmacology, and drug-receptor interactions. Tejani-Butt has been a recipient of numerous grants, and her research is presently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Tejani-Butt is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience. She serves as a Grant Reviewer of the National Institute of Health Experts Grant Study Section and Board of Advisors of several boards. She received her Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the Medical College of Virginia and her M.S. degree in organic chemistry and her B.S. degree in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Bombay.
Biography Updated on 6 September 2012