Profile of Dr. Priyadharishini Veeraraghavan

Professional Brief

Academic Details

PhD (Neurobiology), 2017

Thesis Title: Role of endocannabinoid system and acid sensing ion channels in spinal locomotor circuits
Mentor: Prof. Andrea Nistri MD, Neurobiology Sector, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

M.Sc., Life Sciences, 2011

School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, India (five year integrated program)

Professional Experience

PSG Institue of Advanced Studies

May 2023 – current: Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore

Carver College of Medicine

July 2017 – June 2022: Post-doctoral researcher (Synaptic Physiology), Dr. Samuel M. Young Lab, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S.A.
Project: Role of different voltage gated calcium channels in regulating synaptic vesicle release kinetics

Awards and Honors

Best poster award at EMBO JNCASR workshop, Bengaluru (2022)
University of Iowa post-doctoral association travel award for attending Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire (2019)
Awarded with Federation of European Neuroscience (FENS) fellowship for summer school at Max Planck, Gottingen (2017)
Awarded with distinction in PhD, Trieste (2017)
Awarded with Summer research fellowship by Indian Academy of Sciences (2010)
Best poster certificate in “Brain Aging and Dementia” International Symposia, Varanasi (2010)
Best contributor for Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome reannotation, New Delhi (2010)
Awarded with Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi single daughter scholarship, Tiruchirappalli (2009-11)
Endowment award for M.Sc., Tiruchirappalli (2008-09)


VikAD, a site- specific recombinase-based system for efficient and scalable helper-dependent adeno virus
Veeraraghavan P,Young SM Jr,Philips S, Valino-Ramos P
Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev (2021) ,24:117-126
Presynaptic voltage-gated calcium channels in the auditory brainstem
Veeraraghavan P, Young SM Jr
Mol Cell Neurosci. (2021) ,112:103609
Presynaptic development is controlled by the core active zone proteins CAST/ELKS
Veeraraghavan P,Radulovic T, Dong W, Goral RO, Thomas CI, Montesinos MS, Guerrero- Given D, Goff K, Lübbert M, Kamasawa N, Ohtsuka T, Young SM Jr
J Physiol.(2020) 598:2431-52
Loss of inhibitory synapses causes locomotor network dysfunction of the rat spinal cord during prolonged maintenance in vitro
Veeraraghavan P, Petrovic A, Olivieri D, Nistri A, Jurcic N, Mladinic M
Brain Res. (2019) 1710:8-21
ASIC channel inhibition enhances excitotoxic neuronal death in an in vitro model of spinal cord injury.
Veeraraghavan P, Mazzone GL, Gonzalez-Inchauspe C, Nistri A, Uchitel OD
Neuroscience,(2017) 343:398-410
A study of cannabinoid-1 receptors during the early phase of excitotoxic damage to rat spinal locomotor networks in vitro
Veeraraghavan P, P, Dekanic A, Nistri A
Neuroscience. (2016) 333:214-228
Altered development in GABA co-release shapes glycinergic synaptic currents in cultured spinal slices of the SOD1(G93A) mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Veeraraghavan P, Medelin M, Rancic V, Cellot G, Laishram J, Rossi C, Muzio L, Sivilotti L, Ballerini L
J Physiol. (2016) 594:3827-3840
Modulatory effects by CB1 receptors on rat spinal locomotor networks after sustained application of agonists or antagonists.
Veeraraghavan P, Nistri A
Neuroscience (2015) 303:16-33

Research Technique Training (National and International)

  • Electrophysiology Training (ELECTRAIN), International Max Planck Research School, Germany (2017)
  • Animal cell culture workshop, Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Center, Bharathidasan University, India (2012)
  • Neurobiology techniques training, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India (2012)

Invited/Conference Talk (National and International)

  • Invited conference talk: “Senses to Synapses” at the International Conference on Research Trends, Strategies, and Technical Advancements in Biological and Biomedical Sciences for Sustainability, Seethalakshmi Ramaswamy College, Tiruchirappalli, India (2022)
  • Podium talk: “Spatial coupling of Ca2+ entry to synaptic vesicles required for ultrafast synaptic transmission is not unique to presynaptic CaV2.1 channels” at the Midwest Auditory Research Conference, The Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. (2022)
  • Meeting short talk: “Role of presynaptic CaV2 channels in regulating synaptic vesicle release” at Young Investigators’ Meeting, India (Virtual, 2022)
  • Invited Course Seminar: “Neuronal Ion Channels-The Master of Orchestration” for skill certificate course on “Counselling Skills on Genetic Disorders” at Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India (Virtual, 2021)
  • Invited Guest Seminar: “Voltage gated calcium channels-Role in neurotransmitter release” at Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India (2018)

Awards and Honors

Indian Academy of Neuroscience life member (2021 – Present)
Society for Neuroscience member (2021 – 2022)
Graduate Women in Science member (2019 – 2020)