Dr Pritika Joytishna Narayan

PhD (Pharmacology); BMSc

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Research Fellow

Postgraduate supervision

2015 Summer students: Rachael Olds and Nathaniel Carter


2019                   Marsden Fast-start grant ($300,000)

2018                    CBR Collaborative Science Prize

2015                    HRC Pacific emerging researcher first grant ($150,000)

2015                    Strategic Research Initiatives Fund ($67,650)

2015                    Brain Research NZ Post-doctoral Fellowship ($446,608)

2015                    Collaborative workshop grant ($9,210)

2015                   Selected for 2016 University of Auckland’s Women in Leadership Programme

2011-2016          Travel grants received from Gravida, Sir John Logan Campbell Trust, Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust, Auckland Medical Research Fund and Department of Pharmacology, Scientifix Life (combined total >$25,000)

2014                    Gravida Short-term Research Grant ($72,137)

2014                    SMS Special PBRF Funding Grant to assist with publication costs

2010                    Society for Neuroscience - Otago Chapter International Award

2009                    3rd Prize for ‘best student presentation’, at the annual Gravida symposium

2008-2011          Ralph and Eve Seelye Doctoral Scholarship ($75,000)


Investigating the epigenome of the Huntington’s disease (HD) transgenic sheep model and exploring how it compares with results from HD post-mortem brain. Also using HD Sheep-derived primary cells for high content screening and drug discovery.

Areas of expertise


High content Screening

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2017-2019          HRC BioMedical Assessing Committee

2019                    Reviewer for European Neuropsychopharmacology Journal

2019                    Reviewer for Science Journal

2018                    School of Biological Sciences MBioMedSci Theses examination committee

2017                    Reviewer for Journal of Visualized Experiments

2016                    Reviewer for Journal of Neuroscience Methods Journal

2015                    Reviewer for Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship in Medicine

2015                    Reviewer for Acta Neuropathologica Journal

2015                    Reviewer for Biomedical Imaging TEM project grant applications

2014                    Reviewer for Gravida PhD small project grant applications

2013                   Reviewer for Degenerative Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease Journal

2009                    Reviewer for Epilepsy and Behavior Journal

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 2002
New Zealand

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