Merina T Varghese, PhD
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Research Topics
Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain, Cell Biology, Cerebral Cortex, Morphometrics, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Synapses
Multi-Disciplinary Training Area
Neuroscience [NEU]
Cellular Neurobiology
Dr. Varghese's research aims to understand the pathological and morphological changes in cells of the brain in aging and in neuropsychiatric diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and epilepsy.

PhD, Jadavpur University


Selected Publications

Late chronic local inflammation, synaptic alterations, vascular remodeling and arteriovenous malformations in the brains of male rats exposed to repetitive low-level blast overpressures. Miguel A. Gama Sosa, Rita De Gasperi, Dylan Pryor, Georgina S. Perez Garcia, Gissel M. Perez, Rania Abutarboush, Usmah Kawoos, Seth Hogg, Benjamin Ache, Allison Sowa, Timothy Tetreault, Merina Varghese, David G. Cook, Carolyn W. Zhu, Susan J. Tappan, William G.M. Janssen, Patrick R. Hof, Stephen T. Ahlers, Gregory A. Elder. Acta neuropathologica communications

The intracellular domain of major histocompatibility class-I proteins is essential for maintaining excitatory spine density and synaptic ultrastructure in the brain. Maciej J. Lazarczyk, Brett A. Eyford, Merina Varghese, Hitesh Arora, Lonna Munro, Tahia Warda, Cheryl G. Pfeifer, Allison Sowa, Daniel R. Dickstein, Timothy Rumbell, Wilfred A. Jefferies, Dara L. Dickstein. Scientific Reports

A guide to the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network data ecosystem. Michael Hawrylycz, Maryann E. Martone, Giorgio A. Ascoli, Jan G. Bjaalie, Hong Wei Dong, Satrajit S. Ghosh, Jesse Gillis, Ronna Hertzano, David R. Haynor, Patrick R. Hof, Yongsoo Kim, Ed Lein, Yufeng Liu, Jeremy A. Miller, Partha P. Mitra, Eran Mukamel, Lydia Ng, David Osumi-Sutherland, Hanchuan Peng, Patrick L. Ray, Raymond Sanchez, Aviv Regev, Alex Ropelewski, Richard H. Scheuermann, Shawn Zheng Kai Tan, Carol L. Thompson, Timothy Tickle, Hagen Tilgner, Merina Varghese, Brock Wester, Owen White, Hongkui Zeng, Brian Aevermann, David Allemang, Seth Ament, Thomas L. Athey, Cody Baker, Katherine S. Baker, Pamela M. Baker, Anita Bandrowski, Samik Banerjee, Prajal Bishwakarma, Ambrose Carr, Min Chen, Roni Choudhury, Jonah Cool, Heather Creasy, Florence D'Orazi, Kylee Degatano, Benjamin Dichter, Song Lin Ding, Tim Dolbeare, Joseph R. Ecker, Rongxin Fang, Jean Christophe Fillion-Robin, Timothy P. Fliss, James Gee, Tom Gillespie, Nathan Gouwens, Guo Qiang Zhang, Yaroslav O. Halchenko, Nomi L. Harris, Brian R. Herb, Houri Hintiryan, Gregory Hood, Sam Horvath, Bingxing Huo, Dorota Jarecka, Shengdian Jiang, Farzaneh Khajouei, Elizabeth A. Kiernan, Huseyin Kir, Lauren Kruse, Changkyu Lee, Boudewijn Lelieveldt, Yang Li, Hanqing Liu, Lijuan Liu, Anup Markuhar, James Mathews, Kaylee L. Mathews, Chris Mezias, Michael I. Miller, Tyler Mollenkopf, Shoaib Mufti, Christopher J. Mungall, Joshua Orvis, Maja A. Puchades, Lei Qu, Joseph P. Receveur, Bing Ren, Nathan Sjoquist, Staats, Daniel Tward, Cindy T.J. van Velthoven, Quanxin Wang, Fangming Xie, Hua Xu, Zizhen Yao, Zhixi Yun, Yun Renee Zhang, W. Jim Zheng, Brian Zingg. PLoS Biology

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Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Varghese during 2022 and/or 2023. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Company Founder:

  • Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life sciences Network (KiiLN)


  • Society for Neuroscience

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life sciences Network (KiiLN)

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