Welcome to the Deshpande Lab
Welcome to the Deshpande Lab

Under the purview of the DOD Gulf-War Illness Research Program and the NIH CounterACT Research Program, we are identifying calcium-signaling based therapeutics for the neurological consequences of pesticide exposures. My laboratory is committed to scientific education and research and we welcome students and investigators who would like to partner with us on this mission.

Lab/ Office:

Kontos Medical Sciences Bldg.


1217 E. Marshall St.

Richmond, VA 23298

Tel: 804-828-3392

Email: Laxmikant.Deshpande@vcuhealth.org

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Current Events

Dr. Deshpande and colleagues presented on the Gulf War Illness State of the Science at a Virtual Conference. Links to the presentations are located on the conference website

Our papers on ketamine and Gulf War Illness are now published. These papers suggest role of calcium and BDNF signaling in antidepressant-like effect of ketamine in a rat model of Gulf War Illness related depression

Congratulations to Jackie Zhu for receiving the 2020-21 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Is there an accelerated aging in Gulf War Illness? A new project funded by DOD-CDMRP in collaboration with Dr. McClay will explore this hypothesis

Will blockade of Tumor Necrosis Factor improve Gulf War Illness related symptoms? In collaboration with Dr. Dixon our lab will investigate effects a solTNF inhibitor in a rat model for Gulf War Illness

Dr. Ana Ribeiro joins our lab as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. Ana obtained her PhD from Univ. of Milan, Italy and her thesis was on "A spine to nucleus signaling pathway in Alzheimer’s Disease"