PhD in Neuroanatomy and Pharmacy (University of Otago, New Zealand)

MD in Clinical Biochemistry (University of Delhi, India)

MBBS (University of Delhi, India)

Lecturer 4-8-35 (Building 4, Level 8, No. 35) (+603) 5514 6000, ext: 59621 (DID: 5515 9621)

Neuroscience (Age-related memory decline), Medical Physiology, Clinical Biochemistry

Neeraj's research interests are in developing innovative medical devices for therapeutic and or palliative applications. He is interested in interdepartmental biomedical research projects. Neeraj completed both his MBBS and MD (Clinical Biochemistry) degrees at the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. He then undertook PhD at University of Otago in the New Zealand where he has a first author of the ground-breaking study that uncovered that polyamines are essential for memory and learning. Neeraj joined Monash in 2014 as a lecturer in the School of Science.

Currently, he is also working on developing a medical device to tap the power of conscious mind in reducing anxiety levels in human subjects.

Title: Development of a medical device utilizing vibrations assisted conscious breathing intervention to reduce stress induced anxiety.


Breathing patterns are linked to emotional states. Studies have documented prototypical breathing patterns for each basic emotion like joy, sadness, fear, anger, eroticism and tenderness. Breathing pattern change when emotions change and vice-versa. Therefore by changing the breath one can control the state of emotion. Conscious breathing makes us mindful of the breath and give us control over breath. However, it is not always easy to achieve conscious breathing. This study will use vibrations synchronized to breathing rate for quick realization of conscious breathing and study its effect on stress levels. Please click here if you are interested in PhD/Msc opportunities for this project.

Please click here (at Google Scholar) and click here (for LinkedIn profile) for more information about his research and links to his publications.

Selected Journal Papers

Gupta N, Yu Jing, Nicola D Collie; Zhang H, Liu P (2012) Aging alters behavioural function and brain arginine metabolism in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Neuroscience 226:178-196.

Gupta N, Zhang H, Liu P (2012) Chronic difluoromethylornithine treatment impairs spatial learning and memory in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 100:464-473.

Gupta N, Zhang H, Liu P (2009) Behavioral and neurochemical effects of acute putrescine depletion by difluoromethylorinithine in rats. Neuroscience 161:691-706

Zhang H, Gupta N, Chary S, Jing Y, Tucker I, Liu P (2009) Regional variations of agamatine and putrescine levels in memory-associated brain structures. Journal of Neurochemistry. 109: 304.

Liu P, Gupta N, Jing Y, Zhang H, (2008) Age-related changes in polyamines in memory-associated brain structures in rats. Neuroscience. 155: 789-796