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Ms Reena Haobam
Profile
Designation :
Assistant Professor
Specialization :
Biochemistry, Neurobiology & Stem Cell Biology
email :
reena_haobam@rediffmail.com
Highest Degree :
Honours/Awards :
Recipient of the DBT travel grant to attend the 7th Biennial Meeting of the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN 2006), Singapore, 2006
Research Projects :
DBT funded project on “Analysis of OPRM1 and DAT1 as possible candidate genes for drug addiction: A population based association study in the Indian population from Manipur” (2012-2015)
Research Papers :

Brief Bio-Sketch

Dr. Reena Haobam joined the Department of Biotechnology as Assistant Professor in 2009. She pursued her Ph.D. work at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR), Kolkata and got her degree awarded from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2010. She had worked extensively in areas of neurodegenerative diseases particularly Parkinson’s disease (PD). She had worked with various rodent models of PD like the mouse MPTP model, and MPP+, Rotenone and 6-OHDA models of rats. She has expertise in various behavioural studies on the rodent models of PD. She and her colleagues had developed “Swim test” as a reliable behavioural test for motor impairment in mice model of PD for which they got numerous citations. Her works also focus on transplantation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells in animal models of PD as a regenerative therapy for PD. She has expertise in the culture, and characterization of mouse ES cells. Her works also focus on the differentiation of mouse ES cells to neuronal cells and transplantations to different rat models of PD.

Presently, her interest is in the areas of genomic studies in drug addiction. The primary focus of her ongoing projects is in gene polymorphism and epigenetic studies in drug dependent populations of Manipur. The high prevalence of drug addiction in Manipur has instigated her to initiate studies on the genetic factors that influence the vulnerability to drug addiction. Currently, she and her team are engage in identifying SNPs in the OPRM1 and DAT1 genes that are associated with drug addiction. In the near future they are planning to extend their work on studies in epigenetic modifications on some selected genes related to drug addiction.