Dr. Anandakumar Shunmugavel earned his doctoral degree in neuroscience from M.S. University, India. He did his postdoctoral training in behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, and quantitative medical imaging at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
His previous research interest was in understanding the functions of the prefrontal cortex and improving those functions after mild traumatic brain injury using rodent and ferret animal models and controlled cortical impact, closed head injury model of engineered rotational acceleration (CHIMERA) and blast injury devices. Additionally, his interests lie in neuroplasticity, learning and memory, executive functions and social behavior. He also has experience using multimodal structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging in my research effort in addition to biochemical and cell biological tools.
He is currently apart of The Kims lab at Rutgers University where the research focus is targeted on expanding our current understanding on the pathophysiology of human major depressive disorder (MDD), seizure disorder (SD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) using preclinical transgenic animal models.
Apart from his academic interests, he’s passionate about his hobbies which include indoor hobbies cover reading, writing poems in my mother tongue Tamil, listening to music, practicing acoustic guitar and playing pool and outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, photography and driving to the countryside and beach.