Vanja Duric, Ph.D.

Depression is one the most prevalent and debilitating psychiatric illnesses.  Our research is focused on characterization of central nervous system (CNS) mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of depressive state.  We utilize a variety of cellular, molecular and pharmacological approaches in combination with preclinical behavioral models to identify potential biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets for treatment of depression.  In addition, we are also interested in studying neural mechanisms linking depression and other CNS illnesses, such as chronic pain and stroke.