Abha Chauhan, Ph.D., is the Head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), Staten Island, New York. She is also adjunct doctoral faculty member of the Neuroscience Subprogram at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Chauhan received her B.S. (Chemistry Honors) in 1976 from the University of Delhi, her M.S. (Biochemistry) in 1978, and Ph.D. in 1982 from the Department of Biochemistry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. From 1983 to 1984, she worked as a Research Associate at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Chauhan then joined the Department of Neurochemistry at IBR, where she has over 60 publications in the fields of membrane biochemistry, oxidative stress, signal transduction, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism. Dr. Chauhan has been awarded research grants as a principal investigator from the Department of Defense, Autism Speaks, Autism Research Institute, and California Walnut Commission, and as a co-principal investigator from NIH. Recently, she served as the editor of the book entitled “Autism: Oxidative stress, Inflammation, and Immune Abnormalities.”
Dr. Chauhan’s publications include reports on calcium traversal across membrane bilayer, the role of phosphoinositides in the activation of protein kinase C, action of amyloid beta-protein on protein kinases, identification of factors influencing aggregation and fibrillization of amyloid beta, interaction of amyloid beta with membrane lipids and its effect on membrane properties, anti-amyloidogenic, anti-oxidant and anti-apoptotic role of gelsolin, and on oxidative stress, immune response and membrane abnormalities in autism.