Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Madras University, Christian Medical College Medicine
University of Oxford, Faculty of Medicine Neuropharmacology
Christian Medical CollegeMedicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Community Health
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCPsychiatry
Maudsley Hospital, London, United KingdomPsychiatry
University of London, United KingdomBiochemistry
University of London, United KingdomBiochemistry

Specialty Certifications

Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Current Appointments

Director, Program for Genetics and Psychosis

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Member, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
Member, American Society of Human Genetics
Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

Selected Honors & Awards

International Mentorship Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Sir Dennis Hill Prize for Best Psychiatric Resident, Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes Trust, India

Research Interests

Genetic/environmental roots of cognitive variables; Cellular models for psychosis; Neurovirology
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. DAiuto L, Williamson K, Dimitrion P, McNulty J, Brown CE, Dokuburra CB, Nielsen AJ, Lin WJ, Piazza P, Schurdak ME, Wood J, Yolken RH, Kinchington PR, Bloom DC, Nimgaonkar VL (2017). Comparison of three cell-based drug screening platforms for HSV-1 infection. Antiviral Research. 142, 136-140.
  2. Ganapathiraju MK, Thahir M, Handen A, Sarkar SN, Sweet RA, Nimgaonkar VL, Loscher CE, Bauer EM, Chaparala S: Schizophrenia interactome with 504 novel proteinprotein interactions (2016). Schizophrenia, 2:16012
  3. Das DK, Tapias V, DAiuto L, Chowdari KV, Francis L, Zhi Y, Ghosh A, Surti U, Tischfield J, Sheldon M, Moore JC, Fish K, Nimgaonkar VL (2015). Genetic and morphological features of human iPSC-derived neurons with chromosome 15q11.2 (BP1-BP2) deletions. Molecular Neuropsychiatry. 1:116-123 (DOI:10.1159/000430916). PMID: 26528485.
  4. Prasad KM, Eack SM, Keshavan MS, Yolken RH, Iyengar S, Nimgaonkar VL. (2013) Antiherpes VirusSpecific Treatment and Cognition in Schizophrenia: A Test-of-Concept Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 39(4):857-66. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbs040. Epub 2012 Mar 23. PMID: 22446565, PMCID: PMC3686443.
  5. Nimgaonkar VL, Fujiwara TM, Dutta M, Wood J, Gentry K, Maendel S, Morgan K, Eaton J (2000). Low prevalence of psychoses among the Hutterites, an isolated religious community. American Journal of Psychiatry 157(7):1065-1070. PMID: 10873912.

Clinical Interests

Treatment of psychotic disorders; Treatment of cognitive disorders; Translational virology

Education Interests

Research mentorship; International research training/mentorship; Medical student & resident mentorship