Sivan Subburaju, PhD

Sivan Subburaju, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Sivan Subburaju, PhD, is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an assistant molecular neurobiologist at McLean Hospital. Dr. Subburaju’s main research focuses on translational psychiatry and neuroplastic changes associated with psychiatric disorders and stress. He has developed a novel in vitro model to study GABA cell dysfunction in schizophrenia, and established sophisticated methodology to delineate cellular and molecular changes associated with mental illness, specifically schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in vivo.

The ultimate aim of Dr. Subburaju’s studies is to find novel therapeutic targets to treat cognitive dysfunction associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Education & Training

  • 1981 BSc, University of Madras, India
  • 1984 MSc, University of Madras, India
  • 1986 MPhil, University of Madras, India
  • 1995 PhD, University of Madras, India
  • 1999 PhD, The National University, Singapore
  • 1987-1989 Research Fellow, University of Madras, India
  • 1989-1990 Senior Research Fellow, CSIR, Government of India
  • 1990-1994 Research Scholarship, The National University, Singapore
  • 2004-2007 Visiting Research Fellow, NICHD, National Institutes of Health


Phone: 617.855.2071
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 302A