Anzela Niraula

Co-Advisors: Jonathan Godbout and John Sheridan



My research interests lie in understanding the role of the sympathetic nervous system and the neuroendocrine system in influencing the immune system after repeated episodes of stress. I am using the murine model of RSD to recapitulate some of the key physiological, immune and behavioral issues associated with stress in humans.  I am further interested in unraveling how long term myeloid cell re-distribution contributes to stress-associated anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.


2017 - Keystone Symposium Future of Science Award, Keystone Symposia

2017 - Psychoneuroimmunology Trainee Scholar Award, PNI Research Society

2017 - Institute for Behavioral Medicine Poster Award, IBMR

2016 - Explorations in Neuroscience Travel Award, Neuroscience Dept

2015 - First place poster presentation, Edward Hayes Graduate Forum, Ohio State University 


2015 - Outstanding oral presentation, Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Symposium, Ohio State University


McKim, D.B.*, Weber, M.D.*, Niraula, A., Sawicki, C.M., Liu, X., Jarrett, B.L., Ramirez-Chan, K., Wang, Y., Roeth, R.M., Sucaldito., A.D., Sobol, C.G., Quan, N., Sheridan, J.F., & Godbout, J. P. (2017). Microglial Recruitment of IL-1β Producing Monocytes to the Brain Endothelium Cause Stress-Induced Anxiety. Molecular Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2017.64.
Niraula, A., Sheridan, J.F., & Godbout, J.G. (2017). Microglia Priming with Aging and Stress. Neuropsychopharmacology, 42(1), 318-333.

Niraula, A.*, McKim, D.B.*, Tarr, A.J., Wohleb, E.S., Sheridan, J.F., & Godbout, J.P. (2016). Neuroinflammatory Dynamics Underlie Memory Impairments after Repeated Social Defeat. J Neuroscience, 36(9), 2590-604.

Ramirez, K., Niraula, A., & Sheridan, JF (2016). GABAergic Modulation with Classical Benzodiazepines Prevent Stress-Induced Neuro-Immune Dysregulation and Behavioral Alterations. Brain Behavior Immunity, 51, 154-68.

Ramirez K, Niraula A, Sheridan JF. (2015) GABAergic modulation with classical benzodiazepines prevent stress-induced neuro-immune dysregulation and behavioral alterations. Brain Behav Immun. pii: S0889-1591(15)00467-5.

Areas of Expertise
  • Stress and Neuroimmunology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • BA in Neuroscience, Bates College

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