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Bharathi Gadad from The Southwest Brain Bank

Courtesy of Dr. Bharathi Gadad

Dr. Laura O'Dell is a professor and researcher at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research program is focused on the neural mechanisms that mediate substance misuse. Dr. O’Dell is principal investigator at the Neural Basis of Addiction Lab.

Keith Pannell welcomes a Bharathi Gadad to Science Studio, along with Laura O’Dell. Dr. Gadad dreamt of becoming a doctor as a young girl in India. She talks about her challenges and the meaning behind her name. She credits her father for helping her understand the importance of education and her mother for being supportive and encouraging her to achieve her goal.

Dr. Gadad is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso. As a researcher she is studying the neuropathological mechanisms and CNS development in Autism Spectrum Disorders using Rhesus Macaques as a model system. She is also Department Chair and Co-Director for The Southwest Brain Bank, a research organization that collects, studies, and distributes brain tissue to scientists that study psychiatric illness.

Originally aired on Sunday, July 17, 2022