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

March 2020: Our lab research has been stopped and lab members are working from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2020: Congratulations to Jackie Zhu on receiving the 2020-2021 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

April 2020: 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.

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".

Jackie Zhu presented her work on Ketamine and Gulf War Illness at the 2019 Posters on the Hill event organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research held at Washington DC

Maris Ratliff presented at the 2019 VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. She was supported by JakeLinn Harris, Narmeen Rashid, and Jackie Zhu.

Dr. Deshpande elected as the Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES)

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