Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Honors College

Research Opportunities

Project details

Development of Diagnostic Tools for Psychiatric Conditions

Instructor: Bowers, M Scott

Our understanding of the molecular basis of severe psychiatric conditions has increased dramatically over the past decade, yet we still lack the capacity for quantitative clinical diagnosis due to a lack of non-invasive tools that probe these mechanisms.

a) Goal: This high-risk, high-reward project will lay the technical groundwork for the development of clinical diagnostic tools for severe psychiatric conditions. This will be a collaborative effort with non-VCU researchers, VCU Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, and VCU Chemical & Life Science Engineering.

b) Method: Tools are under development. Thus, the continued development and evaluation of these reagents will be a major component of this project. Techniques range from biochemistry to in vivo and ex vivo analysis.

For additional Information, please see:

Specific courses completed: Not specified

Skills/Interests: Not specified

Student eligibility requirements: None