Dr. Saroj Kumar Das is presently working as SERB national post-doctoral fellow (DST, India) in Neurobiology laboratory, Department of Zoology, Ravenshaw University, Odisha, India. Dr. Das has obtained his Ph.D. degree in life sciences on social isolation induced mood and cognitive changes. His doctoral research unravels the potential role of monotony in inducing early development of anxiety and depression like traits in animal models. His doctoral research also showed the potential role of monotony at high altitude on mood and cognitive changes in human participants after physiological acclimatization. His post-doctoral work is pertaining to understand the neurotoxic potential of benzo[a]pyrene and its effect on early postnatal brain development in animal models. His publications in highly respected referred journals concern mostly towards stress induced mood and cognitive changes. His recent publications unravel the potential role of benzo[a]pyrene in inducing mood changes leading to oxidative stress and neurodegeneration in sensitive brain regions of different animal models. He mainly focuses on basic neuroscience aspects in understanding the effect of chronic stress, environmental stressors and chemicals on neurobehavioral responses in animal models.
The primary research interest of Dr. Das focuses on basic aspects of behavioural neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, pharmacological neuroscience, molecular neuroscience and neurotoxicity. Presently, Dr. Das advocated the neurotoxic potential of environmental neurotoxicants like benzo[a]pyrene on animals (rats and zebrafish). His recent publication addresses the possible role of neuropeptide Y on neurobehavioral response of animal model following chronic exposure to benzo[a]pyrene. Stress induced neuropsychological alterations and its amelioration through interventions is the thrust area of research of Dr. Das.