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Rajkumar Verma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-4552

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dr. Verma is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health in Farmington, CT since 2016. Rajkumar completed his Ph.D. work at Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India and earned his doctoral degree in pharmacy/pharmacology from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India.

B.PharmHNB Garhwal UniversityPharmaceutical Sciences
M.PharmBirla Institute of TechnologyPharmacology
Ph.D.Birla Institute of TechnologyPharmacology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
START PPOC awardOffice of Vice President for Research, University of Connecticut
Career development awardAmerican Heart Association
Atomwise Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) awardAtomwise Inc San Francisco, CA 94105
Travel award, ISN Advanced School 2015, Fitzroy Island, AustraliaInternational Society for Neurochemistry
Junior Investigators Travel Award, International stroke conference, 2015American Heart Association
Outstanding presentation award, Neurosciences retreatDept of Neurosciences, UConn Health
Postdoctoral training grantAmerican Heart Association
Tokuji Ikenaka Prize ‘Gold Award’ for best poster presentation in 10th biennial meeting of Asia Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN) Phuket, ThailandInternational Society for Neurochemistry/ APSN chapter

My research focuses on the investigation of cause-effect-relationships of stroke outcome and social factors. My specific interest is to analyze the effects of social isolation and social interaction on post-stroke recovery, disease progression, behavior, and how translationally relevant strategies can be developed to reduce these deficits by applying different coping strategies. To date, I have focused on “Social isolation and its impact on stroke outcome,” “Impact of aging in stroke” and “Role of glutamate transporter proteins in cerebral ischemia.” I have recently begun to use more mechanistic and chronic behavior oriented approaches such as exploring the neuro-immune and growth factors component in stroke pathology. In my studies on social isolation, I have validated new parameters to assess the impact of social isolation on stroke outcome and correlated the results with the involvement of neuro-immune response and neurotrophins in post-stroke recovery

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Summer '19, Fall '19, Spring '20

Journal Articles


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  • Synaptopathies: synaptic dysfunction in neurological disorders.
    Lepeta, Katarzyna; Lourenco, Mychael V; Schweitzer, Barbara C; Martino Adami, Pamela V; Banerjee, Priyanjalee; Catuara-Solarz, Silvina; de La Fuente Revenga, Mario; Guillem, Alain Marc; Haidar, Mouna; Ijomone, Omamuyovwi M; Nadorp, Bettina; Qi, Lin; Perera, Nirma D; Refsgaard, Louise K; Reid, Kimberley M; Sabbar, Mariam; Sahoo, Arghyadip; Schafer, Natascha; Sheean, Rebecca K; Suska, Anna; Verma, Rajkumar; Vicidomini, Cinzia; Wright, Dean; Zhang, Xing-Ding; Seidenbecher, Constanze Journal of neurochemistry 2016 Jun;138785-805