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



  • Dr. Chana is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Integrative Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at the Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE) as well as an honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and 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 investigating the role of the glutamatergic system and neuroinflammation in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pathophysiology as well as collaborative neural engineering projects at the CfNE involving the incorporation of nanotechnology and electrochemical detection. He is also interested in assessing gene expression changes associated with psychotropic medications, including antipsychotic medications that are utilised to treat patients with schizophrenia. He has published a total of 30 peer reviewed original articles, 4 r   


Member of

  • Biological Psychiatry Australia. Member 2010 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, King's College London 2005
  • MSc (Neuroscience), King's College London 1999
  • BMedSc, King's College London 1998

Awards and honors

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



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