• Cellular and Molecular Basis of Psychotic Disorders
  • HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND)
  • Neuropathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Pharmacogenomics of Psychotropic Medications



  • Dr. Chana is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE) and a Lecturer within the Department of Psychiatry as well as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Dr. Chana completed his Ph.D. in 2005 at the Institute of Psychiatry that focused on "Cortico-thalamic Abnormalities in Patients with Major Psychiatric Disorders". Following this he carried out post-doctoral training and transitioned to an Assistant Project Scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Chana’s principle research background is in the neuropathological assessment of major psychiatric disorders primarily utilizing immunohistochemistry and 3D stereology and microscopy in post-mortem brain samples. He also has significant expertise in vitro tissue culture and gene expression techniques such as microarrays and quantitative real-time PCR. While working for Professor Everall at UCSD and following membership to the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) at UCSD he also conducted research into the molecular neuropathogenesis of HIV associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) which he continues to pursue. Amongst his international collaborators he has worked and published  with Professor Ming Tsuang, distinguished UC professor as well as Professor Eliezer Masliah who is also based at UCSD. His current research interests lie in conducting experiments assessing gene expression changes associated with psychotropic medications as well as investigating the cellular and molecular basis of HAND and more recently Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Chana has published a total of 27 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters and 3 reviews and is an invited reviewer for a number of psychiatry based journals including Biological Psychiatry and Schizophrenia Research.   


Member of

  • Biological Psychiatry Australia. Member 2010 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of London 2005
  • MSc (Neuroscience), University of London 1999
  • BMedSc, University of London 1998

Awards and honors

  • Young Scientist Award, Biennal Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, 2004



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