Dr. Sumana Chakravarty, Principal Scientist in Chemical Biology, IICT has completed her Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, in Zoology in 1997. She has almost 10 long years of experience working in USA, first as postdoctoral fellow in different fields of biology like physiology and neurobiology and then served as faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, USA. She published more than 60 publications in highly rated biomedical journals like Cell, PNAS, Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology with few book chapters / reviews from reputed press like Academic Press and Bentham Science.
Due to her outstanding credentials she got awarded the “Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship”, from DBT in 2009, and joined IICT Hyderabad, after coming back to India. She is the first woman to get this prestigious award and established a neurobiology laboratory at CSIR-IICT. The major focus of her research is to understand the sexual dimorphisms in cellular and molecular mechanisms behind various mood disorders and neurological disorders affecting brain and behaviour by using mouse and zebrafish models. In addition, she is actively leading a group which is involved in testing several potential therapeutic compounds including nanomaterials on neurobehavioural parameters, using both in vitro as well as in vivo assays. She has completed successfully a number of granted projects in last five years. Currently she is running several neurobiology projects in her lab including collaborative national projects and serving as an important participant in an international collaborative projects of CSIR CSIR-Indo-French CNS drug discovery project.