I obtained my Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Andhra University and University of Mysore, respectively. After my post-doctoral training at National Institutes of Health, USA, I joined the faculty of the Department of Neurochemistry at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore and continued there till 2000 when I moved to National Brain Research Centre as Founder Director.In May 2009, I moved to Indian Institute of Science.

My major research interests pertain to understanding the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders with the overall goal of discovering disease modifying therapies.

Recent Publications:

  • Saeed U, Ray A, Valli RK, Kumar AM, Ravindranath V. DJ-1 Loss by Glutaredoxin But Not Glutathione Depletion Triggers Daxx Translocation and Cell Death.Antioxid Redox Signal. 2010 Mar 4.[Pubmed abstract]

  • Saeed U, Karunakaran S, Meka DP, Koumar RC, Ramakrishnan S, Joshi SD, Nidadavolu P, Ravindranath V. Redox activated MAP kinase death signaling cascade initiated by ASK1 is not activated in female mice following MPTP: novel mechanism of neuroprotection. Neurotox Res. 2009 Aug;16(2):116-26. Epub 2009 May 1.[Pubmed abstract]

  • Karunakaran S, Ravindranath V. Activation of p38 MAPK in the substantia nigra leads to nuclear translocation of NF-kappaB in MPTP-treated mice: implication in Parkinson's disease. J Neurochem. 2009 Jun;109(6):1791-9. Epub 2009 May 11.[Pubmed abstract]

  • Karunakaran S, Saeed U, Mishra M, Valli RK, Joshi SD, Meka DP, Seth P, Ravindranath V. Selective activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra leads to nuclear translocation of p53 in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-treated mice. J Neurosci. 2008 Nov 19;28(47):12500-9.[Pubmed abstract]

  • Saeed U, Durgadoss L, Valli RK, Joshi DC, Joshi PG and Ravindranath V. Knockdown of Cytosolic Glutaredoxin 1 Leads to Loss of Mitochondrial Membrane Potential: Implication in Neurodegenerative Diseases: PLoS One. 2008 June; 3(6) [Full Text]


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