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Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD, is applying chemical biology approaches to identify disease signatures for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, using neuronal cells generated from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The goal is to find reliable and robust cellular features that segregate with disease then can serve as disease signatures. The identification of disease signatures will enable screens of small molecule libraries to delineate molecular targets that modulate these disease signatures and identify new diagnostic and therapeutic leads for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Karmacharya is co-medical director of McLean OnTrackTM and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Author of numerous journal articles, he is on the editorial board of Journal of Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine and Archives of Stem Cell Research.


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Education & Training:

  • 1993 AB in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University
  • 1994 MS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
  • 2002 MD, PhD in Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 2009 MMSc, Harvard Medical School
  • 2002-2003 Residency in Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2003-2006 Residency in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
  • 2005-2006 Chief Resident, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program, McLean Hospital
Board Certifications:
  • 2004 Full license, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
  • 2007 Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology




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