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.
My research focuses on the investigation of cause-effect-relationships of stroke outcome and social factor. My particular 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