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Dr. Vinod Tiwari
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Engg, & Technology
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Area of Interest: 
Pharmacology: Cellular molecular mechanisms driving Neuropathic Pain, Role of reward circuitry in Chronic Pain, Kinesins and their role in neuropathic pain

To diligently pursue a career in teaching and research where I can apply my scientific knowledge into practice for the betterment of mankind and to transfer knowledge to next generation in order to create future entrepreneurs and scientists

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Visiting Professor Nov 2017-Jan 2018 Anesthesiology & Pain (Neuroscience)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2016 Anesthesiology & Pain (Neuroscience)
University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India Ph.D. 2008-2012 Pharmacology (Neuroscience: Pain and Cognition)
Nicholas Piramal Research Center, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, India Research Associate 2007-2008 Pharmacology (Pain & Inflammation)
N.D.M.V.P. Samaj’s College of Pharmacy, University of Pune, Maharashtra, India M.Pharm  2005-2007  Pharmacology (Neuroscience)
Birla College Campus, H.N.B.Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India B.Pharm  2000-2004 Pharmaceutical Sciences

1. Assistant Professor (August 2016- March 2018)
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad
Palaj, Gandhinagar-382355, Gujarat, India

2. Visiting Professor (November 2017-January 2018)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

I  firmly  believe  that  today’s  health  challenges  can  be  addressed  by  collaborative perspectives with disappearing subject boundaries. Neurobiological processes are inherently complex and needs multidisciplinary research approach encompassing of behavioral, biochemical, molecular and electrophysiological tools for the better understanding of the neurochemical and signaling pathways involved in neuropathological conditions.   As an independent researcher and a faculty, my interest is to establish a collaborative research program in behavioral and molecular neuroscience dedicated to understanding the various neurodegenerative disorders and the signaling pathway involved so that better drug candidates can be developed by targeting the disrupted neuro-machinery.
Current background: I have been trained in different behavioral, biochemical and molecular biology techniques to study the signaling pathways involved in chronic pain and neurodegenerative disorders. During my PhD in neuro-pharmacology, I was able to identify key signaling pathways involved in alcoholic neuropathy and associated cognitive deficits, diabetic neuropathy and muscoskeletol pain. My PhD research work was published in peer reviewed international journals such as International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology; Journal of Neurochemistry; Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior; PAIN & The Journal of Pain, and is being highly cited. During postdoc I studied different epigenetical mechanisms involved in nerve injury-induced chronic pain, role of epigenetics in stress-induced transition from acute to chronic pain and role of mTOR pathway in morphine-induced hyperalgesia and tolerance and we published these findings recently in Nature Neuroscience and The Journal of Clinical investigation. With my postdoc mentors Dr. Srinivasa N. Raja and Dr. Yun Guan at Johns Hopkins, I investigated different spinal and supra-spinal mechanisms involved in peripheral opioid-induced amelioration of spontaneous ongoing pain (affective component of pain) after spinal and sciatic nerve injury by using conditioned place preference. I also worked on investigating how different spinal and supra-spinal mechanisms plays role in spinal cord stimulation-induced analgesia and relief from ongoing spontaneous pain. Apart from this I also studied the role of MOR and DOR heterodimerization in peripheral opioid-induced tolerance and hyperalgesia which is currently a big clinical problem. Recently, my research interest is focused on dissecting out the different neuronal circuitries involved in pain relief and reward so that better analgesic drugs devoid of drug addiction can be developed.

  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellow (May 2012- July 2016): With Prof. Srinivasa N. Raja & Dr. Yun Guan at Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  2. Senior Research Fellow (May 2008- May 2012): With  Prof. Kanwaljit Chopra at Department of Pharmacology, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
  3. Research Associate (Aug 2007- March 2008): With Dr. Kumar Neemani at Department of Pharmacology, Nicholas Piramal Research Center, Nicholas Piramal India Ltd, Mumbai, India.
  4. Junior Research Fellow (Sept 2005- Aug 2007): With Prof. S.B. Kasture at Department of Pharmacology, N.D.M.V.P. Samaj’s College of Pharmacy, Pune, Maharashtra, India from 2005-2007
  1. Rai U, Kosuru R, Prakash S, Singh SP, Birla H, Tiwari V*, Singh S*. Tetramethylpyrazine prevents diabetes by activating PI3K/Akt/GLUT-4 signalling in animal model of type-2 diabetes. Life Sci. 2019. [Epub ahead of print] *CO-CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  2. Sharma P, Tripathi A, Tripathi PN, Prajapati SK, Seth A, Tripathi MK, Srivastava P, Tiwari V, Krishnamurthy S, Shrivastava SK. Design and development of multitarget-directed N-Benzylpiperidine analogs as potential candidates for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Eur J Med Chem. 2019 Apr 1;167:510-524. (Impact Factor- 4.816) ISSN: 0223-5234
  3. Sharma D, Gondaliya P, Tiwari V, Kalia K. Kaempferol attenuates diabetic nephropathy by inhibiting RhoA/Rho-kinase mediated inflammatory signaling. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2019 Jan; 109:1610-1619. (Impact Factor- 3.457) ISSN: 0753-3322
  4. Tiwari V, Anderson M, Yang F, Tiwari V, Zheng Q, He SQ, Zhang T, Shu B, Chen X, Grenald SA, Stephens KE, Chen Z, Dong X, Raja SN, Guan Y. Peripherally Acting μ-Opioid Receptor Agonists Attenuate Ongoing Pain-associated Behavior and Spontaneous Neuronal Activity after Nerve Injury in Rats. Anesthesiology. 2018 Jun;128(6):1220-1236. (Impact Factor- 5.879) ISSN: 0003-3022
  5. He SQ, Xu Q, Tiwari V, Yang F, Anderson M, Chen Z, Grenald S,  Raja SN, Dong X, Guan Y*. Oligomerization of MrgC11 and μ-opioid receptors in sensory neurons enhances morphine analgesia. Science Signaling 2018 Jun 19;11(535). pii: eaao3134 (Impact Factor- 6.494) ISSN: 1937-9145
  6. Sharma K, Sharma D, Sharma M, Sharma N, Bidve P, Prajapati N, Kalia K, Tiwari V*. Astaxanthin ameliorates behavioral and biochemical alterations in in-vitro and in-vivo model of neuropathic pain. Neuroscience Letters 2018 May 1;674:162-170. (Impact Factor- 2.180) ISSN: 0304-3940. *CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  7. Fernandes V, Sharma D, Kalia K, Tiwari V. Neuroprotective effects of silibinin: an in silico and in*CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  8. Li Z, Tseng PY, Tiwari V, Xu Q, He SQ, Wang Y, Zheng Q, Han L, Wu Z, Blobaum AL, Cui Y, Tiwari V, Sun S, Cheng Y, Huang-Lionnet JH, Geng Y, Xiao B, Peng J, Hopkins C, Raja SN, Guan Y*, Dong X*. Targeting human Mas-related G protein-coupled receptor X1 to inhibit persistent pain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Mar 7;114(10):E1996-E2005. (Impact Factor- 9.423) ISSN: 1091-6490. FIRST CO-AUTHOR.
  9. Fei Yang, Qian Xu, Bin Shu, Tiwari V, Shao-Qiu He, Tiwari V, Louis P. Vera-Portocarrero, Xinzhong Dong, Bengt Linderoth, Srinivasa N. Raja, Yun Wang, Yun Guan*. Activation of cannabinoid CB1 receptor contributes to suppression of spinal nociceptive transmission and inhibition of mechanical hypersensitivity by Aβ-fiber stimulation. PAIN 2016 Nov;157(11):2582-2593. (Impact Factor- 5.644) ISSN: 0304-3959
  10. Tiwari V, Yang F, He SQ, Shechter R, Zhang C, Shu B, Zhang T, Tiwari V, Wang Y, Dong X, Guan Y, Raja SN*. Activation of Peripheral Mu-Opioid Receptors by Dermorphin [D-Arg2, Lys4] (1-4) amide Leads to Modality-preferred Inhibition of Neuropathic Pain. Anesthesiology 2016 Mar;124(3):706-20. (Impact Factor- 5.879) ISSN: 0003-3022
  11. Cao J, Wang PK, Tiwari V, Liang L, Lutz BM, Shieh KR, Zang WD, Kaufman AG, Bekker A, Gao XQ, Tao YX*. Short-term pre- and post-operative stress prolongs incision-induced pain hypersensitivity without changing basal pain perception. Molecular Pain. 2015 Dec 2;11(1):73. (Impact Factor- 3.654) ISSN: 1744-8069
  12. Li Z, He SQ, Tseng PY, Xu Q, Tiwari V, Yang F, Shu B, Zhang T, Tang Z, Raja SN, Wang Y, Dong X, Guan Y*. The inhibition of high-voltage-activated calcium current by activation of MrgC11 involves phospholipase C-dependent mechanisms. Neuroscience. 2015 Aug 6;300:393-403. (Impact Factor- 3.357) ISSN: 0306-4522
  13. Pang Z, Sakamoto T, Tiwari V, Kim YS, Yang F, Dong X, Güler AD, Guan Y, Caterina MJ*. Selective keratinocyte stimulation is sufficient to evoke nociception in mice. PAIN 2015 Apr;156(4):656-65. (Impact Factor- 5.644) ISSN: 0304-3959
  14. Weng HJ, Patel KN, Jeske NA, Bierbower SM, Zou W, Tiwari V, Zheng Q, Tang Z, Mo GC, Wang Y, Geng Y, Zhang J, Guan Y, Akopian AN, Dong X*. Tmem100 is a regulator of TRPA1-TRPV1 complex and contributes to persistent pain. Neuron. 2015 Feb 18;85(4):833-46. (Impact Factor- 15.982) ISSN: 0896-6273
  15. Sdrulla AD, Xu Q, He SQ, Tiwari V, Yang F, Zhang C, Shu B, Shechter R, Raja SN, Wang Y, Dong X, Guan Y*. Electrical stimulation of low-threshold afferent fibers induces a prolonged synaptic depression in lamina II dorsal horn neurons to high-threshold afferent inputs in mice. Pain. 2015 Jun;156(6):1008-17. (Impact Factor- 3.067) ISSN: 1532-2149
  16. Yang F, Zhang C, Xu Q, Tiwari V, He SQ, Wang Y, Dong X, Vera-Portocarrero LP, Wacnik PW, Raja SN, Guan Y*. Electrical stimulation of dorsal root entry zone attenuates wide-dynamic range neuronal activity in rats. Neuromodulation. 2015 Jan;18(1):33-40; discussion 40. doi: 10.1111/ner.12249. Epub 2014 Oct 10. (Impact Factor- 1.785) ISSN: 1525-1403
  17. Li Z, He SQ, Xu Q, Yang F, Tiwari V, Liu Q, Tang Z, Han L, Chu YX, Wang Y, Hin N, Tsukamoto T, Slusher B, Guan X, Wei F, Raja SN, Dong X, Guan Y*. Activation of MrgC receptor inhibits N-type calcium channels in small-diameter primary sensory neurons in mice. Pain. 2014 Aug;155(8):1613-21. (Impact Factor- 5.644) ISSN: 0304-3959
  18. Xu Q, Cheong YK, He SQ, Tiwari V, Liu J, Raja SN, Li J, Guan Y, Li W*. Suppression of spinal connexin 43 expression attenuates mechanical hypersensitivity in rats after an L5 spinal nerve injury. Neuroscience Letters 2014 Apr 30;566:194-9. (Impact Factor- 2.026) ISSN: 0304-3940
  19. Xu Q, Cheong YK, Yang F, Tiwari V, Li J, Liu J, Raja SN, Li W, Guan Y*. Intrathecal carbenoxolone inhibits neuropathic pain and spinal wide-dynamic range neuronal activity in rats after an L5 spinal nerve injury. Neuroscience Letters. 2014  Mar 20;563:45-50. (Impact Factor- 2.026) ISSN: 0304-3940
  20. Fan L, Guan X, Wang W, Zhao JY, Zhang H, Tiwari V, Hoffman PN, Li M, Tao YX*. Impaired neuropathic pain and preserved acute pain in rats overexpressing voltage-gated potassium channel subunit Kv1.2 in primary afferent neurons. Molecular Pain. 2014 Jan 29;10(1):8. [Epub ahead of print] (Impact Factor- 3.77) ISSN: 1744-8069
  21. Yang F, Xu Q, Cheong YK, Shechter R, Sdrulla A, He S, Tiwari V, Dong X, Wacnik PW, Meyer RA, Raja SN, Guan Y*. Comparison of intensity-dependent inhibition of spinal wide-dynamic range neurons by dorsal column and peripheral nerve stimulation in a rat model of neuropathic pain. European Journal of Pain. 2014 Aug;18(7):978-88. (Impact Factor- 3.067) ISSN: 1532-2149
  22. Xu JT, Zhao JY, Zhao X, Ligons D, Tiwari V, Atianjoh FE, Lee CY, Liang L, Zang W, Njoku D, Raja SN, Yaster M, Tao YX*. Opioid receptor–triggered spinal mTORC1 activation contributes to morphine tolerance and hyperalgesia.  The Journal of Clinical Investigation 2014 Feb 3;124(2):592-603. (Impact Factor- 13.215) ISSN: 0021-9738
  23. He SQ, Han L, Li Z, Xu Q, Tiwari V, Yang F, Guan X, Wang Y, Raja SN, Dong X, Guan Y*. Temporal changes in MrgC expression after spinal nerve injury. Neuroscience. 2013 Dec 25;261C:43-51. [Epub ahead of print] (Impact Factor- 3.389) ISSN: 0306-4522.
  24. He SQ, Li Z, Chu Y-X, Han L, Xu Q, Li M, Yang F, Liu Q, Tang Z, Wang Y, Hin N, Tsukamato T, Slusher B, Tiwari V, Shechter R, Wei F, Raja SN, Dong X, Guan Y*. MrgC agonism at central terminals of primary sensory neurons inhibits neuropathic pain. Pain. 2014 Mar;155(3):534-44. (Impact Factor- 5.644) ISSN: 0304-3959.
  25. Zhao X, Tang Z, Zhang H, Atianjoh F, Zhao J, Liang L, Wang W, Guan X, Kao S, Tiwari V, Gao Y, Hoffman P, Cui H, Li M, Dong X, Tao YX*. A long noncoding RNA contributes to neuropathic pain by silencing Kv1.2 in primary afferent neurons. Nature Neuroscience 2013 Aug;16(8):1024-31. (Impact Factor- 15.531) ISSN: 1097-6256
  26. Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Protective effect of curcumin against chronic alcohol-induced cognitive deficits and neuroinflammation in the adult rat brain. Neuroscience. 2013 Aug 6;244:147-58. (Impact Factor- 3.389) ISSN: 0306-4522
  27. Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Resveratrol Abrogates Alcohol-induced Cognitive Deficits by Attenuating Oxidative-Nitrosative Stress and Inflammatory Cascade in the Adult Rat Brain. Neurochemistry International 2013 May;62(6):861-9 (Impact Factor- 3.601) ISSN: 0197-0186
  28. Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Attenuation of oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and apoptosis by curcumin prevents cognitive deficits in rats postnatally exposed to ethanol. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Dec;224(4):519-35 (Impact Factor- 4.08) ISSN:  0033-3158
  29. Tiwari V, Arora V, Chopra K*. Attenuation of NF-κβ Mediated Apoptotic Signaling by Tocotrienol Ameliorates Cognitive Deficits in Rats Postnatally Exposed to Ethanol. Neurochemistry International 2012 Aug;61(3):310-20  (Impact Factor- 3.601) ISSN: 0197-0186
  30. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Neuroprotective Effect of Vitamin E Isoforms Against Chronic Alcohol-induced Peripheral Neurotoxicity: Possible Involvement of Oxidative-Nitrodative Stress. Phytotherapy Research 2012 Nov;26(11):1738-45 (Impact Factor- 2.09) ISSN: 1099-1573
  31. Arora V, Kuhad A, Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Curcumin Ameliorates Reserpine-induced Pain Depression Dyad: Behavioral, Biochemical, Neurochemical and Molecular Evidences. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2011. Nov;36(10):1570-81 (Impact Factor- 5.81) ISSN: 0306-4530
  32. Misra S, Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Modulation of nitrergic pathway by sesamol prevents cognitive deficits and associated biochemical alterations in intracerebroventricular streptozotocin administered rats. European Journal of Pharmacology. 2011 Jun 1;659(2-3):177-86. (Impact Factor- 2.737) ISSN: 0014-2999
  33. Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Resveratrol Prevents Alcohol-induced Cognitive Deficits and Brain Damage by blocking Inflammatory Signaling and Cell Death Cascade in Neonatal Rat Brain. Journal of Neurochemistry 2011 May;117(4):678-90. (Impact Factor- 4.337) ISSN: 1471-4159
  34. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Emblica Officinalis Corrects Functional, Biochemical and Molecular Deficits in Experimental Diabetic Neuropathy by Targeting the Oxido-nitrosative Stress Mediated Inflammatory Cascade. Phytotherapy Research 2011 Oct;25(10):1527-36 (Impact Factor- 2.397) ISSN: 1099-1573
  35. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Amelioration of functional, biochemical and molecular deficits by epigallocatechin gallate in experimental model of alcoholic neuropathy.  European Journal of Pain. 2011 Mar;15(3):286-92. (Impact Factor- 3.819) ISSN: 1090-3801
  36. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate Ameliorates Alcohol-Induced Cognitive Dysfunctions and Apoptotic Neurodegeneration in the Developing Rat Brain. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 2010 Sep;13(8):1053-66. (Impact Factor- 4.874) ISSN: 1461-1457)
  37. Chopra K*, Tiwari V, Arora V, Kuhad A. Sesamol Suppresses Neuro-Inflammatory Cascade in Experimental Model of Diabetic Neuropathy. The Journal of Pain. 2010 Oct;11(10):950-7 (Impact Factor-4.851) ISSN: 1526-5900
  38. Sachdeva AK, Kuhad A, Tiwari V, Arora V, Chopra K*. Protective effect of epigallocatechin gallate in murine water-immersion stress model of chronic fatigue syndrome. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology 2010 Jun; 106(6):490-6 (Impact Factor-2.371) ISSN: 1742-7843
  39. Sachdeva AK, Kuhad A, Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Epigallocatechin gallate ameliorates chronic fatigue syndrome in mice: Behavioral and biochemical evidence. Behavioural Brain Research. 2009 Dec 28;205(2):414-20 (Impact Factor-3.393) ISSN: 0166-4328
  40. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Tocotrienol ameliorates behavioral and biochemical alterations in the rat model of alcoholic neuropathy. Pain. 2009 Sep;145(1-2):129-35 (Impact Factor- 6.031) ISSN: 0304-3959
  41. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Chopra K*. Suppression of neuro-inflammatory signaling cascade by tocotrienol can prevent chronic alcohol-induced cognitive dysfunction in rats. Behavioural Brain Research 2009 Nov 5;203(2):296-303 (Impact Factor-3.393) ISSN: 0166-4328
  42. Tiwari V, Kuhad A, Bishnoi M, Chopra K*. Chronic treatment with tocotrienol, an isoform of vitamin E, prevents intracerebroventricular streptozotocin-induced cognitive impairment and oxidative-nitrosative stress in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 2009 Aug;93(2):183-9 (Impact Factor-2.967) ISSN: 0091-3057
  43. Kuhad A, Bishnoi M, Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Suppression of NF-κβ signaling pathway by tocotrienol can prevent diabetes associated cognitive deficits. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 2009; 92(2):251-9) (Impact Factor-2.967) ISSN: 0091-3057


  1. Bidve P, Prajapati N, Kalia K, Tekade R, Tiwari V*. Emerging Role of Nanomedicine in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain. J Drug Target. 2019 Feb 25:1-39. (Impact Factor- 3.277). ISSN: 1029-2330 *CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  2. P.A S, Sharma D, Sharma M, Vaidya S, Sharma K, Kalia K, Tao YX, Shard A, Tiwari V*. Kinesins: Motor Proteins as Novel Target for the Treatment of Chronic Pain. Molecular Neurobiology 2019 Jun;56(6):3854-3864. (Impact Factor- 5.076). ISSN: 1559-1182 *CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  3. Sharma D, Verma S, Vaidya S, Kalia K, Tiwari V*. Recent Updates on GLP-1 Agonists: Current Advancements & Challenges. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2018 Dec; 108:952-962 (Impact Factor- 3.457). ISSN: 1950-6007*CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  4. Fernandes V, Sharma D, Vaidya S, P A S, Guan Y, Kalia K, Tiwari V* Cellular and molecular mechanisms driving neuropathic pain: recent advancements and challenges. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2018 Feb;22(2):131-142. (Impact Factor- 4.873). ISSN: 1744-7631*CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  5. Patel S, Sharma D, Kalia K, Tiwari V*. Crosstalk between Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Oxidative Stress in Schizophrenia: The Dawn of New Therapeutic Approaches. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2017 Dec; 83:589-603. (Impact Factor- 8.29). ISSN: 0149-7634*CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  6. Sharma D, Bhattacharya P, Kalia K*, Tiwari V*. Diabetic Nephropathy: New Insights into Established Therapeutic Paradigms and Novel Molecular Targets. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2017 Jun;128:91-108. (Impact Factor- 3.645) ISSN: 168-8227. *CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  7. Tiwari V, Tiwari V, He SQ, Zhang T, Raja SN, Dong X, Guan Y*. Mas-Related G Protein-Coupled Receptors Offer Potential New Targets for Pain Therapy. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;904:87-103. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-7537-3_7. (co-first author) (Impact Factor- 1.96) ISSN: :0065-2598.
  8. Tiwari V*, Guan Y and Raja SN*. Modulating the Delicate Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Neuropathic Pain: Promises and Potential Caveats. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2014 Sep;45C:19-27. (Impact Factor- 10.284). ISSN: 0149-7634.*CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
  9. Chopra K*, Tiwari V. Alcoholic Neuropathy: Possible Mechanisms and Future Treatment Possibilities. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2012 Mar;73(3):348-62  (Impact Factor- 3.063) ISSN: 1365-2125.
  10. Chopra K*, Tiwari V. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: An Overview of Diverse Mechanisms Involved. Pharmacos 2010; 37:37-43.
  11. Chopra K*, Kuhad A, Tiwari V. Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Pathobiological Perspective. Pharmacos 2009; 36:26-31.


  1. Tiwari V, Chopra K*. Neuropathobiology of Alcohol-induced Cognitive Deficits, March 2016 In book: Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse; Preedy V.R. (Eds.) pp.618-626.
  2. Chopra K*, Tiwari V, 2012. Tocotrienol and Cognitive Dysfunction Induced by Alcohol, in; Watson R.R, Preedy V.R. (Eds.), Alcohol, Nutrition, and Health Consequences. Humana Press, Springer pp- 181-202.
  3. Chopra K*, Kuhad A, Tiwari V, 2011. Vitamin E and Neuroinflammtion, in: Hermann W, Obeid\ R (Eds.), Vitamins in the prevention of human diseases. De Gruyter, New York, pp- 482-503.


  1. Title of Patent: Targeting Peripheral Neurons using Tramadol hydrochloride encapsulated PEGylated albumin nanoparticles for safe and effective antinociceptive activity, Indian patent, application No.: 201921010920 (Date: 20/03/2019). Inventor Name: Tekade RK, Tiwari V, Bidve PA, Sharma D, Prajapati N, Raval N, Kalia K


April 2018 to Continuing: Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U), Varanasi.

  • Teaching different courses (Biology, General Pharmacotherapeutics, Applied Pharmacology, Regulatory Toxicology, Advanced & Clinical Pharmacology) |to B. Tech, M.Pharm and PhD students.

Jan 2019: Four Master students registered and pursuing their research project and will submit their M.Pharm thesis under my mentorship (July 2020)

Jan 2019: Three PhD students registered and pursuing their PhD under my mentorship (Mr. Ankit Uniyal, Mr. Vishal Sharma & Mr. Mohd. Aquib Siddiqui)

Jan 2019: Three PhD students are registered and pursuing their PhD under my co-mentorship (Mr. Uddipak Rai: IIT-BHU, Ms. Swati Prakash: IIT-BHU and Mr. Ashotosh: IMS-BHU)

July 2019: One PhD student registered and pursuing her PhD under my mentorship (Ms. Anagha Gadepelli) 

2016 to March: Assistant Professor at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad.

Four Master students completed their research project and submitted their MS thesis under my mentorship (May 2016)

Five Masters students completed their research project and submitted their MS thesis under my mentorship (May 2018)

One PhD student is pursuing his PhD under my co-guideship

  • Teaching different courses under curriculum to MS and PhD students

2009 to 2012: Co-advisor at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Supervised M.Pharm 2nd year students on research projects for their dissertation

  • Involved in thesis correction and viva presentation of M.Pharm students

2010 to 2012: Lecture + Practical Assistant at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

  • Taught B.Pharm 2nd year, 3rd year & 4th year theory and laboratory classes for Pharmacology
  • Taught theory and laboratory classes at post-graduate (M.Pharm-1st year) level for Pharmacology and Drug Discovery & Development
  • Class and exam design, grading, office hour discussions, lecture design and presentation

2009 to 2010: Lecture + Practical Assistant at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Taught B.Pharm 4th year theory and laboratory classes for Pharmacology

Class and exam design, grading, lecture design and presentation

2005 to 2007: Practical Assistant at NDMVP College of Pharmacy, Nashik, India

  • Supervised and conducted graduate level (B.Pharm 1st year) laboratory classes
  • Practical exam design and grading


  1. “IBRO FACULTY Invitation” during International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) School (IBRO-APRC Neuroscience School on Molecular Basis of Neuroinflammation Mediated Neurodegeneration) held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India from September 1-14, 2019. A group of 30 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students were chosen, consisting 15 students from India while the 15 others from Asia Pacific region.
  2. “IBRO FACULTY Invitation” during International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) School (3rd IBRO/APRC Chandigarh Neuroscience School) held at University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India from November 26 to December 02, 2018. A group of 35-50 participants from Asia Pacific region attended the same.
  3. Invited as “Resource Person” during Center for Continuing Education (CCE) Programme organized by NIRMA University, Ahmedabad during Aug 31, 2018, more than 30 participants including pharmacy teachers and PhD students attended the same
  4. Invited as “Resource Person” during Continuing Education Programme in Pharmacy (CEP-2018) which is supported by Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi. CEP-2018 conducted in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar during 16-18 August 2018 where more than 30 pharmacy teachers participated and attended the same.
  5. “Visiting Professor” (November 26th, 2017-January 25, 2018) Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
  6. “Travel award” by International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) to attend INRC meeting (July 10-14, 2016) at Bath, England, U.K
  7. “Travel award” by International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) to attend INRC meeting  (June 15-19, 2015) at Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A
  8. “1st Prize” for poster presentation at 16th Annual ACCM Research Day held at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A on December 10, 2014
  9. “Travel award” by International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) to attend INRC meeting  (July 13 to July 18, 2014) at Montréal, Québec, CANADA
  10.  “Young Investigator Scientist Award” by International Brain Research Organization for 3 weeks  (June 20th-July 13th, 2011) training programme at laboratory of Prof. Patricia Gaspar, School of Neuroscience, Paris, FRANCE
  11. Awarded Full travel grant by International Brain Research Organization to attend and present research work at 8th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience held at Florence, ITALY from July 14-19, 2011
  12. Awarded “Best Poster Presentation Award” during UGC-SAP Sponsored National Symposium on “Molecular Pathogenesis of Neurodegenerative Diseases” organized by Department of Biophysics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India from February 22, 2010
  13. Received IBRO International Travel Award to attend 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California, U.S.A from Nov 13-17th, 2010
  14. Received IASP Travel Award to attend 13th World Congress of Pain, Montreal, CANADA from Aug 29-Sept 3rd, 2010
  15. Awarded “Best (First) Poster Presentation Award” during Symposium on Natural Products in Health and Disease, Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms held at Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, INDIA from March 5-6th, 2010.
  16. Selected for full travel grant from DST to attend 12th International Conference on the Mechanisms and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain held at  San Francisco, California, USA from Nov 19 – 21, 2009
  17. Received “Most Active Student Award” by organizers of  IBRO Advanced School of Neuroscience held at Institutes of Brain Science and State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology, Fudan University, Shanghai, CHINA from Oct 26th – Nov 4th, 2009
  18. Full travel grant to attend IBRO Advanced School of Neuroscience held at Institutes of Brain Science and State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology, Fudan University, Shanghai, CHINA from Oct 26th – Nov 4th, 2009
  19. Full travel grant to attend IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience held at School of Life Sciences and State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, CHINA from Aug 18th-22nd, 2009
  20. All India Rank 1 in “Professional diploma in Clinical Research” conducted by Catalyst Clinical Services Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, INDIA, Oct 2005
  21. 2nd Rank in whole Uttarakhand, India in GATE 2005
  22. Won first prize in Chess competition held by the ‘The Pharmaceutical Society’, H.N.B.Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, INDIA, 2002
  23. Winner in Inter School Quiz Competition arranged by ’St. Paul’s College’, Moradabad, INDIA, 1997

1. Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD): SPARCScheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)
Project Title: Targeting Kinesins Mediated Regulation of Nociceptors for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain
Project ID: 435
Grant amount: INR 47,53,775/- (INR 47.53 Lacs)
Role: Principle Investigator
Indian co-PI: Prof. Sanjay Singh
Foreign PI: Prof. S.N Raja (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Foreign co-PI: Dr. Susruta Majumdar (University of St. Louis, USA)
2. Industrial Consultancy Project:Project title: Acute toxicity studies for bioslim, erotican and anti-stress capsules provided by Sanat Products Ltd
Grant amount: INR 1.41 Lacs
Role: Principle Investigator

3. Industrial Consultancy Project:Project title: Bioavailability study of the water soluble formulation of curcumin by Sanat products Ltd
Grant amount: INR 1.45 Lacs
Role: Principle Investigator

4. Industrial Consultancy Project:Project title: Effect of Natural Herbals from Sanat Herbals Pvt. Ltd. On Cyclophosphamide induced Thrombocytopenia
Grant amount: INR 1.30 Lacs
Role: Principle Investigator

5. Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), VaranasiGrant title: Development of Novel Therapeutics for Pain-Depression Dyad
Grant amount: INR 10.00 Lacs
Role: Principle Investigator

6. DST Early Career Research Award (August 2017-July 2020)Grant title: Dissecting Brain Reward Circuitry and CNS Comorbidities in Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Grant amount: INR 49.90 Lacs
Role: Principle Investigator

7. Blaustein Pain Research Grant (Jan 2016-Dec 2016)Grant title: Turning the pain relief-reward wheel to produce negative reinforcement with peripherally acting opioids and cannabinoids
Grant amount: $ 30,000
Role: Co-investigator

8. Blaustein Pain Research Grant (Jan 2015-Dec 2015)Grant title: Epigenetic    regulation    of    persistent    pain    in    primary    sensory   
Grant amount: $ 49,910    
Role: Co-investigator

9. Indian Council of Medical Research (June 2009-May2012)Grant title: To investigate the potential of polyphenolic anti-inflammatory agents in rheumatoid arthritis
Grant amount: INR 6,81,042    
Role: Senior Research Fellow