Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Translational Research
Raymond E. Houk Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Pharmacology and Neurobiology
Professor Shekhar received his medical degree (M.B., B.S.) in 1981 from St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India, and his Ph.D. (Medical Neurobiology) from Indiana University in 1993. He completed his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1989 and joined the departments of psychiatry and pharmacology as a faculty member. He has been the Head of Adult Psychiatry section since 1999 and was named the Raymond E. Houk chair in Psychiatry in 2003.
Professor Shekhar's basic research focus has been to understand the neural mechanisms of emotional regulation in the central nervous system and to extend these findings to clinical studies. His work has identified a network of interconnected brain regions that are critical in the regulation of panic response and putative sites of pathology in panic disorder and other severe anxiety disorders. His work has also elucidated some of the brain mechanisms that are particularly important for emotional learning, especially in a brain structure known as the amygdala.
Professor Shekhar also has extensive clinical research program in psychopharmacology and has developed a Clinical Neuroscience Research Center at Indiana University to extend his research from the basic laboratory to clinical populations. The work at the clinical center has resulted in the recognition of a number of novel treatment approaches to severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Professor Shekhar's work has been supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health and other extramural sources. He has been the recipient of the prestigious FIRST award from the National Institutes of Mental Health. He has also received a number of honors including the Indiana University Trustees teaching award, outstanding teacher award from the department of psychiatry, and the Nancy Roeske award from the American Psychiatric Association. He has been a tenured member of NIH study section (1999-2005) and has served on many other review committees.