Received DST-SERB Fast Track Young Scientist award (2013)
Received CSIR Scientific Pool Officer Fellowship (2010)
Awarded CL Malhotra research award for best published paper in Pharmacology 2011 form Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India
FAONS-APRC Travel Award to attend the 5th Federation of Asian and Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) Congress – 2010 and the XXVIII Annual Meeting of the Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN) Lucknow, 2010
IBRO international travel award to attend Society for Neuroscience meeting held at San Diego, USA 2010
CSIR international travel grant to attend Society for Neuroscience meeting held at Chicago, USA 2009
Awarded the Tulsabai Somani Educational Trust Award for best oral presentation from the Indian academy of Neuroscience 2009
IBRO international travel award to attend Society for Neuroscience meeting held at Washington DC, USA 2008
Awarded the Prof. T. Desiraju Memorial Prize from the Society for Neurochemistry India for the best oral presentation 2008
Parivarthan Bhargav memorial award for securing highest marks in B Pharm from Government College of Pharmacy, Bangalore
Best outgoing student award from Government College of Pharmacy, Bangalore during 1999-2000
Passed NIMHANS entrance 2005, a national level examination for admission to PhD course in NIMHANS, Bangalore
Passed GATE 2000, a national level examination for admission to post graduate pharmacy courses, with 99.61 percentile.
I am interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to:
To unravel the mechanisms of action of the herbal medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using animal models of stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or learning and memory.
Stress and metabolic disorders- An Ayurvedic approach.
Neural mechanisms responsible for drugs of abuse.
Some of my important publications:
Bhagya V, Srikumar BN, Raju TR and Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2008) Neonatal clomipramine induced endogenous depression in rats is associated with learning impairment in adulthood. Behavioural Brain Research 187: 190–194 (Impact factor 3.002)
Veena J, Srikumar BN, Mahati K, Bhagya V, Raju TR and Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2009) Enriched environment restores hippocampal cell proliferation and ameliorates cognitive deficits in chronically stressed rats. Journal of Neuroscience Research 87: 831–843 (Impact factor 2.689)
George Lekha, Bhagya V, Shankaranarayana Rao BS, Irudaya Arockiasamy and Karthik Mohan (2010) Cognitive enhancement and Neuroprotective effect of Celastrus paniculatus Willd. seed oil (Jyothismati oil) on male Wistar rats. Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology 2(2): 130-138 (Indexed in DOAJ, NewJour, Index Copernicus, Chemical Abstracts (CAS, USA)
Bhagya V, Srikumar BN, Raju TR, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2011) Chronic escitalopram treatment restores spatial learning, monoamine Levels and hippocampal long term potentiation in an animal model of depression. Psychopharamcology (Berl) 214:477–494 (Impact factor 3.875)
Bhagya V, Srikumar BN, Raju TR, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2015) Selective noradrenergic reuptake inhibitor reboxetine restores spatial learning deficits, biochemical changes and hippocampal synaptic plasticity in an animal model of depression. Journal of Neuroscience Research 93: 104-120 (Impact factor 2.689)
Bhagya V*, Christofer T, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2016) Neuroprotective effect of Celastrus paniculatus on chronic stress-induced cognitive impairment. Indian Journal of Pharmacology. 48(6): 687-693. (* Corresponding author). (Impact factor 0.691)
Mahati K, Bhagya V*, Christofer T, Sneha A, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2016) Enriched environment ameliorates depression-induced cognitive deficits and restores abnormal hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 134: 379-391 (* Equal contribution). (Impact factor 3.543)
Bhagya V*, Srikumar BN, Veena J, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2016) Short term exposure to enriched environment rescues chronic stress-induced impaired hippocampal synaptic plasticity, anxiety and memory deficits. J Neuroscience Res doi: 10.1002/jnr.23992. (* Corresponding author). (Impact factor 2.689)
Shilpa BM, Bhagya V*, Harish G, Bharath MM, Shankaranarayana Rao BS (2017) Environmental enrichment ameliorates chronic immobilisation stress-induced spatial learning deficits and restores the expression of BDNF, VEGF, GFAP and glucocorticoid receptors. Progress in Neuropsychiatry and Biological psychiatry. 76: 88-100. (* Equal contribution). (Impact factor 4.187)
Bhagya V, Srikumar BN and Shankaranarayana Rao (2011) Herbal remedies to treat anxiety disorders. In: Anxiety disorder (Book 3), Salih Selek (eds.), INTECH open Access publisher, Croatia. pp 273-292.