Dr Anand Gururajan
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Dr Anand Gururajan

Research Fellow, School of Medical Sciences / Psychology
Dr Anand Gururajan

Dr Anand Gururajan obtained his degree in Pharmacy at the University of South Australia in 2006 followed by a PhD in Neuropharmacology at Monash University in 2008. His doctoral research project was focussed on investigating the antipsychotic potential of cannabidiol in preclinical models of aspects of schizophrenia. From 2011 to 2013, he gained further experience as a postdoctoral researcher at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health where he disentangled the complex interactions between genetic and environmental risk factors associated with schizophrenia and depression. In 2015, Anand moved to University College Cork (Ireland) where he carried out a clinical research project to identify diagnostic biomarkers of depression. In the following year he was awarded the Marie-Curie Individual Actions Research fellowship by the European Research Commission to investigate the central and peripheral basis of resilience to chronic stress. In 2018, Anand was awarded the University of Sydney Research Fellowship to investigate the molecular mechanisms of action for various phytocannabinoids with potential for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Behavioural Neuroscience



Gut-brain axis


Behavioural Neuroscience

Clinical basis of therapeutics

Pharmacy Practice

Characterising the epitranscriptome of a mouse model of aspects of PTSD

Preclinical screening of phytocannabinoids for the treatment of PTSD

Society for Neuroscience

European Behavioural Pharmacology Society

International Behavioural Neuroscience Society

2018 - University of Sydney Fellowship

2018 - International Behavioural Neuroscience Travel Award

2016 - Marie-Sklowdowska-Curie Actions Fellowship

2016 - CINP Rafaelsen Young Investigators Award

2013 - WFSBP Young Scientist Award

2013 - ANS Travel Award

Project titleResearch student
Putting the question to bed: What roles do the hypothalamic neuropeptides, oxytocin and vasopressin, play in sleep behaviour and neurobiology?Joel RAYMOND


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Selected Grants


  • Developing better therapies for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, Gururajan A, Gururajan A, McGregor I, DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme

In the media

Why do some people respond better to stress than others? https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0110/932312-why-do-some-people-respond-better-to-stress-than-others/ - RTE Ireland, Brainstorm 2018