Dr. Prashant Mandela is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Saint Joseph, School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mandela earned a Master’s degree in Zoology in 1997 from Andhra University. In 2006, he earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology for his work on Norepinephrine Transporters from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Mandela has obtained postdoctoral training specializing in neurotransmitter transporters and behavioral neuroscience.
Dr. Mandela’s research interest resides in biochemical and behavioral neuropharmacology of antidepressants and substances of abuse. Neurotransmitter transporters are the common drug targets for both antidepressant drugs as well as the substance abuse drugs like cocaine. However the pathophysiology of depression and addiction still remains to be fully understood. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underlie depression and addiction could lead to development of potentially new therapeutics that could have fewer side effects with better clinical outcomes. Dr. Mandela’s research interest is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms that are altered in depression and substance abuse. Dr. Mandela plans to collaborate with medicinal chemists in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department for developing screening strategies for newly synthesized antidepressant drugs.
In leisure Dr. Mandela enjoys playing volleyball, soccer and badminton.