Vaishali Bakshi

Position title: Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Phone: (608) 265-6062




Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Postdoctoral in Neuroendocrinology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

Research Description:

I have extensive experience with modeling aspects of mental illness, and my lab has for the last several years established a new paradigm for modeling in rodents the informationprocessing abnormalities that are seen in posttraumaticstressdisorder and schizophrenia. My lab’s approach is multidisciplinary, and includes behavioral testing in multiple paradigms of schizophrenia- and stress-related responses, stereotaxic targeting of discrete brain nuclei either pharmacologically or virally, neuroendocrine assessment of HPA-axis activity, and measurement of mRNA and protein levels in brain tissue using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry.

Research Key Words:

Neuropharmacology, Cognition, Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychopathology, Circuits, Mental Illness

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