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New investigator: Palsamy Periyasamy, PhD

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Palsamy Periyasamy, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 for UNMC's 2021 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

The New Investigator Award

The New Investigator Award is given to outstanding UNMC scientists who, in the past two years, have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigator Award recipients also need to demonstrate scholarly activity, such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

  • Name: Palsamy Periyasamy, PhD 
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Joined UNMC: 2010 
  • Hometown: Ariyalur, Tamilnadu, India 

Research focus:  

  • Epigenetics
  • HIV and substance use disorders
  • Neuroinflammation  

Why is research important in the world today?  

Because scientific research is the means of the development of human societies. Also, research empowers us with knowledge, drives onward progress and increases the quality of life.  

My research will make a difference because: Drug abuse among HIV-infected individuals poses a significant health burden to society. One of the hallmark features of drug abuse is increased glial cells activation in the setting of HIV-1 infection. My research goal is to investigate the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms involved in HIV-1 (viral proteins) and drug abuse-mediated neuroinflammation. Information gleaned from these studies will form the basis for the future development of novel therapeutic approaches to mitigate central nervous system complications of NeuroHIV.

The best advice I’ve ever received is: Hard work pays off if you're patient enough to see it through.

Three things you may not know about me are: 

  • I write Tamil poetry.  
  • I enjoy playing with kids. 
  • I love to chat with friends.  

Ceremony set for Feb. 24

The 2021 Scientist Laureate and Research Awards ceremony will be held virtually on Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Andre Kalil, MD, professor in the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been named the 16th UNMC Scientist Laureate. Dr. Kalil will be honored, along with 25 other researchers recently named UNMC Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership and New Investigator Award winners for 2021. The Community Service to Research Award winner, who also will be honored, will be named in February.

See UNMC's 2021 honorees online.

Other research awardees include:

Research Leadership:

  • Risto Rautiainen, PhD, UNMC College of Public Health
  • Polina Shcherbakova, PhD, Eppley Institute

Distinguished Scientists:

  • Laura Bilek, PhD, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions
  • Rebekah Gundry, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Peter Mannon, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Roslyn Mannon, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Russell McCulloh, MD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • DJ Murry, PharmD, UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • Aimin Peng, PhD, UNMC College of Dentistry
  • Moorthy Ponnusamy, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD, Eppley Institute
  • Joshua Santarpia, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine
  • Paul Trippier, PhD, UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • Matthew Zimmerman, PhD, UNMC College of Medicine

New Investigators:

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