Ph.D, M. Pharm., B. Pham.

Dr. Athira K. V. joined in the Department of Pharmacology at Amrita School of Pharmacy in July 2018. She pursued graduation in Pharmacy from College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and post-graduation as well as Ph. D. from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati, Assam.

She has won several awards and fellowships during her studies and has published several papers in reputed journals.

Awards and Fellowships

  • First prize in oral presentation at Inter-NIPER scientific, sports & cultural meet SPARDHA-2018 at NIPER S.A.S. Nagar, Mohali.
  • Second prize in oral presentation at North East Pharmaceutical Convention (NEPC)-2017, Guwahati.
  • INSA-CSIR-DAE/BRNS-CICS Travel Fellowship to attend International Congress of Immunology (ICI)-2016, Melbourne.
  • Category 1 list, Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET), 2014 for DBT- JRFProgramme.
  • First prize in oral presentation, Association of Oncologists of Northeast India (AONEI)- 2014 at Guwahati.


Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title


Athira Kaipuzha Venu, Bandopadhyay, S., Samudrala, P. Kumar, V.G.M. Naidu, Mangala Lahkar, and Chakravarty, S., “An Overview of the Heterogeneity of Major Depressive Disorder: Current Knowledge and Future Prospective”, Current Neuropharmacology, vol. 18, no. 3, 2020.[Abstract]

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is estimated to impose maximum debilitating effectson the society by 2030, with its critical effects on health, functioning, quality of life and concomitanthigh levels of morbidity and mortality. Yet, the disease is inadequately understood, diagnosedand treated. Moreover, with the recent drastic rise in the pace of life, stress has materialized as oneof the most potent environmental factors for depression. In this scenario, it is important to understandthe modern pathogenetic hypotheses and mechanisms, and possibly try to shift from the traditionalapproaches in depression therapy. These include the elaboration of pathophysiologicalchanges in heterogeneous systems such as genetic, epigenetic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, gammaaminobutyricacid, glutamatergic and endocannabinoid systems, neurotrophic factors, HPA axis,immune system as well as cellular stress mechanisms. These components interact with each other ina complex matrix and further elucidation of their mechanism and cascade pathways are needed.This might aid in the identification of MDD subtypes as well as the development of sophisticatedbiomarkers. Further, characterization might also aid in developing multitargeted therapies that holdmuch promise as compared to the conventional monoamine based treatment. New candidate pharmacons,refined psychotherapeutic modalities, advanced neuro-surgical and imaging techniques aswell as the implementation of pharmacokinetic, pharmacogenetic prescribing guidelines constitutethe emerging expanses of MDD treatment.

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