Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D. (2018)

Anantha ShekharAnantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., is the executive associate dean for research affairs, overseeing all research-related activities, at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and the director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI). In addition to his IU School of Medicine and Indiana CTSI roles, Shekhar serves as associate vice president for university clinical affairs for IU and executive vice president of academic affairs for clinical research at IU Health. In addition to his role in leading the statewide translational research initiative, Shekhar leads successful basic and clinical research programs in the areas of stress, anxiety and neuropsychiatric disorders. His laboratory has developed some of the best translational models for panic and related anxiety disorders. His work focuses on the role of brain abnormalities that could lead to stress and psychiatric disorders and has more recently extended these studies to the discovery of new treatments. A number of grants from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and commercial collaborations currently support his research.