Monsheel Sonia Sodhi

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    College: Pharmacy Department: Pharmacy Practice
    Secondary Department: Psychiatry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 3102 Phone: 312-3555949
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The mission of our laboratory is to discover the molecular pathways that lead to suicide and related psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and major depression. Suicide is an escalating medical problem that occurs every 14 minutes in the United States. Risk factors for suicide include family history and a primary diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder, and therefore our work is focused on investigations of genes that may create vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. Through investigations of postmortem brain from human subjects,animal models and cell culture, we hope to identify new targets for the development of improved drug treatments for these devastating disorders. Our students have been successful in their applications to graduate school (medicine, pharmacy and Ph.D. programs) in addition to receiving awards for the research conducted for their research projects. For example, one of our previous undergraduate students recently won a travel award to present her work at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego in 2013, while another student won a prize for his poster at a scientific meeting.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA= 3. You must have completed (and enjoyed) classes in Genetics and/or Biochemistry. Honors College junior students, capstone projects and some laboratory experience preferred but not essential. Otherwise you will need more than one year to learn laboratory skills before you can get any meaningful work done. Students aspiring to attend graduate school(PhD, PharmD or MD) will be given preference.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We will provide thorough training in molecular biological and/or molecular genetic techniques and will expect students to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in the laboratory so that they can gain the maximum benefit from this training.

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