Anantha Shekhar among 9 promoted to Distinguished Professors

February 22, 2017 12:10 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: Indian born neuroscientist and medical researcher Anantha Shekhar is among nine Indiana University scholars and researchers who have been promoted to distinguished professor, the highest academic rank the university bestows upon faculty.
According to information received the appointments were approved on February 3 by the Indiana University Board of Trustees at their meeting on the Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). campus.
The university will hold a Distinguished Professor Symposium on March 20 in Presidents Hall at Franklin Hall in Bloomington and on April 17 in Hine Hall in Indianapolis to formally recognize the honored professors.
The nine new distinguished professors include Tatiana Foroud, a statistical geneticist in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics in the IU School of Medicine; Robin Newhouse, dean of the School of Nursing; and Anantha Shekhar, a neuroscientist and medical researcher in the IU School of Medicine.
Distinguished professors on the Bloomington campus are Christopher Beckwith, a researcher in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the School of Global and International Studies; Yves Brun, a microbiologist in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences; Lynda F. Delph, an evolutionary biologist in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences; Robert L. Goldstone, a cognitive scientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences; Randy Long, a metalsmith in the School of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Andre Watts, a pianist in the Jacobs School of Music.
"These acclaimed men and women represent the pinnacle of public education through their remarkable research, teaching and service in an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said as quoted by Inside IUPUI, --News for Faculty and Staff. "Our students and campuses have benefited beyond measure from their superb accomplishments, scholarship and integrity, and it is most appropriate that we honor these faculty with Indiana University's most prestigious appointment."
The distinguished professorship recognizes faculty who have transformed their fields of study and have earned international recognition. Faculty, alumni, professional colleagues and students nominate the field of candidates based on outstanding research, scholarship, and artistic or literary distinction. Nominations are reviewed by the University Distinguished Ranks Committee, which recommends appointments.
Anantha Shekhar completed his B.S. and M.D. at St. Joseph's College in Bagalore, India, and his Ph.D. in Medical Neurobiology at Indiana University. He joined the IU School of Medicine for his Psychiatry Residency, and was a Psychopharmacology Post-doctoral Fellow in Medical Neurobiology at the Institute of Psychiatric Research. Shekhar joined the IU faculty in 1989 and currently serves as a professor in the departments of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Pharmacology. He was named the Raymond E. Houk Professor in 2003 and the August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research in 2015.
Shekhar is a leading researcher in the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders and the field of translational medicine. Among his many firsts in the field were reporting specific molecular mechanisms in the brain underlying panic attacks and autism symptoms that develop in children with a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis 1, and identifying new therapies to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Anantha Shekhar was named Raymond E. Houk Professor of Psychiatry in 2003. His work has been supported by over $75 million in NIH funds and more than $40 million in non-Federal grants, in addition to over $300 million in university, local, corporate and philanthropic partnership initiatives. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and reports in leading basic and clinical journals, including Nature Neuroscience, Nature Medicine and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is the principal investigator of the Precision Health Initiative, which was the first recipient of funding from the IU Grand Challenges program, writes Inside IUPUI.
For IU Health, Anantha Shekhar is the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs for Clinical Research and a member of the Education and Research Board Committee and the Strategic Executive Planning Committee as well as Chair of the Innovation and Commercialization Committee.
He recently joined as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Board of Governors of the NIH Cures Acceleration Network (CAN).

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