Anzela Niraula

Anzela Niraula

Anzela Niraula

Co-Advisors: Jonathan Godbout and John Sheridan

(614) 366-3496

247 Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Stress and Neuroimmunology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


  • BA in Neuroscience, Bates College



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.

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