Avi Adhikari, About Me

Avishek Adhikari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academic Training

2011-2017. Post-Doctoral fellow with Prof. Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University, CA.

2005-2011. Ph.D. in Neuroscience, co-advised by Profs. Joshua.A. Gordon and Rene Hen, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, NY. PhD awarded “with distinction”.

2001-2004. B.Sc. in Chemistry, advised by Prof. Etelvino J.H. Bechara, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, graduated as Department Valedictorian.


Brain Research Institute (BRI), Neuroscience PhD Program (NSIDP), Integrative Center for Learning and Memory (ICLM), Department of Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience area).

University of California, Los Angeles
502 Portola Plaza, Franz Hall, room 8611
Los Angeles, 90095
Phone: (310)-825-2961
Email: avi@psych.ucla.edu

Awards and Funding

  • 2019

    R01 Award from the National Institute of Health

    1.37 Million award from the National Institute of Mental Health to study panic circuits in mice.

  • 2019

    R00 Award from the National Institute of Health

    R00 award NIMH


  • 2019

    Hellman Award

    Hellman Fellowship Award

  • 2016

    Travel Award

    Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), Hollywood, FL.


  • 2015-2020


    K99/R00, National Institute of Mental Health

  • 2015-2017

    NARSAD Award

    NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, New York, NY


  • 2012-2015


    Walter V. and Idun Berry postdoctoral fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • 2010


    Thesis committee unanimously voted for PhD degree to be awarded “with distinction”, Columbia University, New York, NY


  • 2010

    Kali Travel Award

    Kavli travel award, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2004

    Antoine Lavoisier Award

    Antoine Lavoisier award for being the valedictorian, Department of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


  • 2001


    1st place in the University of Sao Paulo undergraduate entrance examination for the Chemistry Department among 660 applicants, Sao Paulo, Brazil