Akshay Naraine

Akshay Naraine

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: BioClinicum J5:20, Akademiska stråket 1, Karolinska universitetssjukhu, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Neuro Svenningsson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Per Svenningsson’s Lab at the Karolinska Institute where I work on Parkinson’s Drug development and receptor modeling.
    I completed my doctoral degree enrolled in a joint program between Florida Atlantic University’s Integrative Biology - Neuroscience PhD Program and the International Max Planck Research School for Synapses and Circuits at Max Planck Florida Insitute for Neuroscience. My research focused on neurotoxicological analysis of herbicides and neuropharmacological analysis of novel drug candidates.


  • My research interests mainly focus on D2 receptors as therapeutic targets for Parkinson's Disease and combining computational,  

  • in vitro, and 
  • in vivo 
  • techniques to innovate int he fields of drug design and receptor pharmacology. My time and attention is particularly focused on integrating carbon nanodots and neuropharmacology to creat novel, therapeutic biologics.


  • I truly enjoy teaching. I have been in a host of teaching roles for classes such as Anatomy and Physiology labs, Introduction to Neuroscience (lecture and lab), and Neurophysiology (lecture and lab). In these roles, I not only had the opportunity to create my own course content but as an Instructor and Adjunct Professor, I had the opportunity to add or build my own curricula and had significant autonomy.



  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2025

Degrees and Education

  • PhD, Integrative Neuroscience, Using Electroshock to Probe Mechanisms of Herbicide Neurotoxicity and Novel Neuroprotective Compounds in Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster, Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, 2023
  • MS, Biology, Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, 2020
  • BS, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography and Natural Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 2017

Visiting research fellowships

  • Summer Internship in Infectious Disease and Cellular and Molecular Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Worked in pharmacology project to understand the mechanism by which doxorubicin generated inflammation, and how a repurposed compound could prevent cardiotoxicity., 2017-2017
  • Postbaccalaureate Researcher, National Institute on Aging, Performed in vivo MRI and behavioral testing on hypertensive model rats and transgenic Alzheimer's mice. Helped validate a novel scan to map cerebral vasculature to measure changes with age and hypertension., 2017-2018

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