Professor Sumantra Shona Chattarji

Director Designate, CHINTA

Professor Sumantra Shona Chattarji received his Master’s Degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and went on to do a PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and Salk Institute. After postdoctoral research in Yale University and MIT, he started his own laboratory at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, in 1999. His research has shown that prolonged stress leaves its mark by enhancing both the psychological and structural basis of synaptic connectivity in the amygdala, thereby triggering the emotional symptoms observed in stress-related psychiatric disorders.