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Research Projects

  1. Pathways and mechanisms of NPY and Y2 receptors for controlling conditioned fear
    • Curriculum vitae

      Education and Employments

      11.2013 - today Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Physiology 1 (Neurophysiology), UKM Münster, Germany.
      Projects grant writing and submission; In-vivo behavior and electrophysiology; Supervising neurophysiology practical courses for medical, dental and pharmacy students.
      11.2011 - 11.2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
      11.2007 - 11.2011 PhD in Neuroscience, Department of Pharmacology, Medical
      University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
      PhD thesis title “The role of neuropeptide Y and its receptors in anxiety, fear conditioning and extinction of conditioned fear.”
      2007 Senior research fellow: from Jan 2007 to July 2007 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
      2004 - 2007 Research Assistant: 3 Years (from 5/1/2004 to 10/1/2007)
      2003 Masters of science in Neuroscience from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India


      language skills Hindi (Native)
      English (Proficient)
      German (Basic)
      key competences Scientific data analysis
      Systemic neuroscience
      Behavioral neuroscience
      Translational neuroscience


      Granted by Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks, Government of India Granted Application No.: 248796, dated-25/08/2011 Patent for an analgesic preparation containing morphine & nimodipine has been filed (1535/Del/2004 dated 18/8/2004) through All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
    • Publications


      1. Verma D, Jamil S, Tasan RO, Lange MD, Pape H-C (2019).
        Single stimulation of Y2 receptors in BNSTav facilitates extinction and dampens reinstatement of fear. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2019 Jan;236(1):281-291.


      1. Hörmer BA, Verma D, Gasser E, Wieselthaler-Hölzl A, Herzog H, Tasan RO (2018).
        Hippocampal NPY Y2 receptors modulate memory depending on emotional valence and time. Neuropharmacology. 2018 Dec;143:20-28.
      2. Verma D, Tasan R, Sperk G, Pape H-C (2018) Neuropeptide Y2 receptors in anteroventral BNST control remote fear memory depending on extinction training. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2018 Mar;149:144-153.


      1. Verma D, Hörmer B, Bellmann-Sickert K, Thieme V, Beck-Sickinger AG, Herzog H, Sperk G, Tasan RO. (2016).
        Pancreatic polypeptide and its central Y4 receptors are essential for cued fear extinction and permanent suppression of fear. Br J Pharmacol. 2016 Jun;173(12):1925-38.
      2. Tasan RO, Verma D, Wood J, Lach G, Hörmer B, de Lima TC, Herzog H, Sperk G (2016).
        The role of Neuropeptide Y in fear conditioning and extinction. Neuropeptides. 2016 Feb;55:111-26.
      3. Wood J, Verma D, Lach G, Bonaventure P, Herzog H, Sperk G, Tasan RO (2016).
        Structure and function of the amygdaloid NPY system: NPY Y2 receptors regulate excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission in the centromedial amygdala. Brain Struct Funct. 2016 Sep;221(7):3373-91.
      4. Verma D, Wood J, Lach G, Herzog H, Sperk G, Tasan RO (2016) Hunger Promotes Fear Extinction by Activation of an Amygdala Microcircuit. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 Jan;41(2):431-9.


      1. Verma D, Wood J, Lach G, Mietzsch M, Weger S, Heilbronn R, Herzog H, Bonaventure P, Sperk G, Tasan RO (2015).
        NPY Y2 receptors in the central amygdala reduce cued but not contextual fear. Neuropharmacology. 2015 Dec;99:665-74.


      1. Verma, D., Tasan, R. O., Herzog, H., & Sperk, G. (2012).
        NPY controls fear conditioning and fear extinction by combined action on Y1 and Y2 receptors. British Journal of Pharmacology, 1461–1473.


      1. Verma, D., Gupta, Y. K., Parashar, A., & Ray, S. B. (2009).
        Differential expression of L- and N-type voltage-sensitive calcium channels in the spinal cord of morphine+nimodipine treated rats. Brain Research, 1249, 128–134.


      1. Ray, S. B., Mishra, P., Verma, D., Gupta, A., & Wadhwa, S. (2008).
        Nimodipine is more effective than nifedipine in attenuating morphine tolerance on chronic co-administration in the rat tail-flick test. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 46, 219–228.


      1. Gupta, H., Verma, D., Ahuja, R. K., Srivastava, D. N., Wadhwa, S., & Ray, S. B. (2007).
        Intrathecal co-administration of morphine and nimodipine produces higher antinociceptive effect by synergistic interaction as evident by injecting different doses of each drug in rats. European Journal of Pharmacology, 561, 46–53.


      1. Ray, S. B., Verma, D., & Wadhwa, S. (2005).
        Acute analgesic effect of loperamide as compared to morphine after intrathecal administration in rat. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 43, 425–429.
      2. Verma, D., Ray, S. B., Patro, I., & Wadhwa, S. (2005).
        Enhanced analgesic effect of morphine-nimodipine combination after intraspinal administration as compared to systemic administration in mice. Journal of Biosciences, 30, 491–497.