Kaustuv Saha, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of Florida
1149 Newell Drive
PO Box 100244
Gainesville, FL 32611-0244
Lab Phone: (352) 273-8739
|2001||Bachelor in Pharmacy||Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Research
University of Delhi, India.
|2004||Masters in Pharmacy
|Faculty of Pharmacy
Hamdard University, India
|2011||PhD (Pharmacology)||Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Texas
(Mentor: Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei)
|Department of Neuroscience
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
With an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Pharmacology, I have developed a strong interest in pursuing a career in research and target specific drug development. My PhD project at the University of Houston in Texas, involved investigating biogenic amines such as dopamine and norepinephrine regulation of stress-induced responses in rodents. In January 2012, following graduation I joined the laboratory of Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei as a first year postdoctoral associate, with an aim to better understand the underlying mechanisms involved in pathophysiology of diseases with dopamine system dysfunctions. Studying dopamine dysfunctions is important as this system is involved in various devastating neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and drug addiction. My goal is to study how intracellular proteins like alpha-synuclein alter the activity of dopamine neurons leading to disruption in dopamine neurotransmission in the brain. These studies will provide fundamental information about the underlying mechanisms’ neuronal dysfunction prior to neuronal death, which is required for the development of viable therapeutic approaches to attenuate or prevent disease progression. For my proposed work, under the supervision of Dr. Khoshbouei, I will use multidisciplinary approaches utilizing molecular, electrophysiological, and imaging tools. To date I have generated exciting preliminary data, however, additional data supporting my proposed hypothesis will be instrumental in securing external grant funding and put me one step closer toward my long-term goal of securing a faculty position.