Dr. Reddy P. Kommaddi

Senior Scientific Officer

Kommaddi received his PhD in Neuroscience from National Brain Research Centre, India. He pursued his post-doctoral training in receptor signaling at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, Montreal, Canada and Duke University Medical Centre, Durham, USA. He worked as a Ramalingaswami Fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, and his research has focused on elucidating the early pathogenic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. Kommaddi moved to Centre for Brain Research in 2020 and is continuing his research on identifying critical factors and molecular mechanisms involved much before the clinical symptoms manifest in Alzheimer’s disease.

Investigation of Blood-based Biomarkers of Dementia in CBR-Longitudinal Study of Aging Cohorts: Identification of Protective factors and Risk Modifiers

Dementia is a chronic neurological illness and one of the greatest health challenges of our generation. The number of people living with dementia is around 55.2 million worldwide and it is expected to grow exponentially in future decades. However, there is still no cure for dementia. The current notion is that the neuropathological features of dementia start to accumulate in the brain approximately 10-20 years prior to clinical symptoms appear, yet the underpinnings of these pathologies in dementia remain to be investigated. Current challenges surrounding dementia revolve around timely diagnosis through blood-based biomarkers assessment, treatment strategies, and disease management.

Blood-based Biomarkers for Dementia

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To elucidate blood-based biomarkers, we are currently conducting evaluations in the Centre for Brain Research-Longitudinal Study of Aging cohorts. This involves measuring the levels of Abeta40, Abeta42, pTau-181, pTau-217, Tau, NfL, GFAP, and Abeta42/Abeta40 ratio in whole blood plasma using Single-molecular array (Simoa) technology and HD-X analyzer (Quanterix, USA). This cutting-edge technology offers 1000´ ultra-sensitive plasma biomarker detection, high specificity and accuracy, full automation, high-throughput support, and the ability to multiplex up to 6 analytes in a single sample. A comprehensive view of the blood-based biomarkers would enhance research and diagnostic capabilities. Moreover, this method can be implemented cost-effectively at primary health care centres and diagnostic facilities across India.

Blood-based biomarker measurement flow chart

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Cellular and molecular pathogenic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible and chronic neurodegenerative disease that slowly impairs memory and higher cognitive functions. Hallmarks of AD are intracellular neurofibrillary tangles, extracellular beta-amyloid plaques, gliosis, synapse loss, and synaptic dysfunction. There is currently no treatment or cure to delay its progression. Emerging knowledge suggest that AD pathologies may be observed several years prior to clinical symptoms manifest. Therefore, identifying critical factors and molecular mechanisms involved in the initial stages may help to detect it early and develop therapeutics that delay its onset or slow down progression of the disease. Our research focuses on understanding the early pathogenic mechanisms underlying these disorders with a goal to develop disease-modifying therapies or identify novel biomarkers for early diagnosis. To address these questions, we will use cellular models to animal models.

Neuronal projections in the cortex and hippocampus of Thy1-GFP mouse. Confocal microscopy image showing the dendrite segment from the cortex. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the dendrite showing the spine morphology.


Video showing 3D of dendrite spine morphology

Amyloid beta mediates F-actin disassembly in dendritic spines leading to cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease

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AD therapeutics (virus-based enzymes/activators/small molecules): Improvement in cognitive decline


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Sex specific differences in Alzheimer’s disease pathology

The major risk factors for developing AD are genetics, aging, and female sex. Women account for two-thirds of all people living with AD regardless of age and ethnicity. Sex differences in brain development, adult brain structure, and function have been implicated. Estrogen has long been recognized as a neuroprotective agent. Sex-specific hormones naturally decrease or change with age. Hormone imbalance is associated with synaptic plasticity. We believe that low estrogen levels lead to the exacerbation of AD pathology, deregulation of synaptic function, and perturbation of signaling cascades at the synapse, which ultimately accelerate the AD progression. Therefore, we are primarily focusing on investigating the sex-specific differences through the progression of the disease using AD mouse model. We also want to know how estrogen affects cognitive functions and synaptic functions as well as identify molecular mechanisms and determine potential targets for AD intervention.


Haseena P A

PhD candidate
MSc Biotechnology, Amrita School of Biotechnology, Kerala
Research interest: Study of actin modulators at the synapse and their role in Alzheimer’s disease.
CSIR-Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellow




Nimisha B
PhD student
BE Biotechnology, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore
Research interest: Understanding the role of Wnt signaling pathway in Alzheimer’s disease.



Anant Gupta
PhD student
MSc Zoology, DAV college, Kanpur
Research interest: Synaptic actin cytoskeleton regulators: implications in Alzheimer’s disease.



Amrita Mondal

Research Intern




Research Assistant


  1. Kommaddi RP, Gowaikar R, Haseena PA, Diwakar L, Singh K, Mondal A. Akt activation ameliorates deficits in hippocampal-dependent memory and activity-dependent synaptic protein synthesis in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model. J Biol Chem. 2024. 300(2):105619.
  2. Kommaddi RP, Verma A, Muniz-Terrera G, Tiwari V, Chithanathan K, Diwakar L, Gowaikar R, Karunakaran S, Malo PK, Graff-Radford NR, Day GS, Laske C, Vöglein J, Nübling G, Ikeuchi T, Kasuga K, the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN), Ravindranath V. Sex difference in evolution of cognitive decline: studies on mouse model and the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network cohort. Translational Psychiatry. 2023. 13:123.
  3. Verma A, Kommaddi RP, Gnanabharathi B, Hirsch EC, Ravindranath V. Genes critical for development and differentiation of dopaminergic neurons are downregulated in Parkinson’s disease. J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2023 Feb 23. PMID: 36820885.

  4. Verma A, Ray A, Bapat D, Diwakar L, Kommaddi RP, Schneider BL, Hirsch EC, and Ravindranath V. Glutaredoxin 1 Downregulation in the Substantia Nigra Leads to Dopaminergic Degeneration in Mice. Movement Disorders. 2020. Oct; 35(10):1843-1853.
  5. Kommaddi RP, Deepika ST, Karunakaran S, Bapat D, Nanguneri S, Ray A, Schneider BL, Nair D, Ravindranath V. Glutaredoxin1 diminishes amyloid beta mediated oxidation of F-actin and reverses cognitive deficits in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2019. Dec 20;31(18):1321-1338.
  6. Ahmad F, Das D, Kommaddi RP, Diwakar L, Gowaikar R, Rupanagudi KV, Bennett DA, Ravindranath V. Isoform-specific hyperactivation of calpain-2 occurs presymptomatically at the synapse in Alzheimer’s disease mice and correlates with memory deficits in human subjects. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 3;8(1):13119.
  7. Kommaddi RP, Das D, Karunakaran S, Nanguneri S, Bapat D, Ray A, Shaw E, Bennett DA, Nair D, Ravindranath V. Ab mediates F-actin disassembly in dendritic spines leading to cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease. J Neurosci. 2018. Jan 31;38(5):1085-1099.
  8. Jean-Charles PY, Yu S, Abraham D, Kommaddi RP, Mao L, Strachan RT, Zhang ZS, Bowles DE, Brian L, Stiber J, Jones S, Koch WJ, Rockman HA, Shenoy SK. Mdm2 regulates cardiac contractility by inhibiting GRK2-mediated desensitization of b-adrenergic receptor signaling. JCI Insight. 2017; 2(17):e95998.
  9. Ahmad F, Singh K, Das D, Gowaikar R, Shaw E, Ramachandran A, Rupanagudi KV, Kommaddi RP, Bennett DA, Ravindranath V. ROS-mediated loss of synaptic Akt1 signaling leads to deficient activity-dependent protein translation early in Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2017; 16:1269-1280.
  10. Feger BJ, Thompson JW, Dubois LG, Kommaddi RP, Foster MW, Mishra R, Shenoy SK, Shibata Y, Kidane YH, Moseley MA, Carnell LS, Bowles DE. Microgravity induces proteomics changes involved in endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial protection. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 27;6:34091.
  11. Kommaddi RP, Jean-Charles PY, Shenoy SK. Phosphorylation of the deubiquitinase USP20 by protein kinase A regulates post-endocytic trafficking of beta2 adrenergic receptors to autophagosomes during physiological stress. J Biol Chem. 2015 Apr 3;290(14):8888-8903.
  12. Kommaddi RP, Shenoy SK. Arrestins and protein ubiquitination. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2013;118:175-204. Review.
  13. Han SO, Kommaddi RP, Shenoy SK. Distinct roles for beta-arrestin2 and arrestin-domain-containing proteins in beta2 adrenergic receptor trafficking. EMBO Rep. 2013 Feb;14(2):164-171.
  14. Kommaddi RP, Thomas R, Ceni C, Daigneault K, Barker PA. Trk-dependent ADAM17 activation facilitates neurotrophin survival signaling. FASEB J. 2011 Jun;25(6):2061-70.
  15. Kommaddi RP, Dickson KM, Barker PA. Stress-induced expression of the p75 neurotrophin receptor is regulated by O-GlcNAcylation of the Sp1 transcription factor. J Neurochem. 2011 Feb;116(3):396-405.
  16. Ceni C, Kommaddi RP, Thomas R, Vereker E, Liu X, McPherson PS, Ritter B, Barker PA. The p75NTR intracellular domain generated by neurotrophin-induced receptor cleavage potentiates Trk signaling. J Cell Sci. 2010 Jul 1;123(Pt 13):2299-307.
  17. Agarwal V, Kommaddi RP, Valli K, Ryder D, Hyde TM, Kleinman JE, Strobel HW, Ravindranath V. Drug metabolism in human brain: high levels of cytochrome P4503A43 in brain and metabolism of anti-anxiety drug alprazolam to its active metabolite. PLoS One. 2008 Jun 11;3(6):e2337.
  18. Kommaddi RP, Turman CM, Moorthy B, Wang L, Strobel HW, Ravindranath V. An alternatively spliced cytochrome P4501A1 in human brain fails to bioactivate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to DNA-reactive metabolites. J Neurochem. 2007 Aug;102(3):867-877.
  19. Ravindranath V, Kommaddi RP, Pai HV. Unique cytochromes P450 in human brain: implication in disease pathogenesis. Journal of Neural Transmission Suppl. 2006;(70):167-71. Review.
  20. Chinta SJ, Kommaddi RP, Turman CM, Strobel HW, Ravindranath V. Constitutive expression and localization of cytochrome P-450 1A1 in rat and human brain: presence of a splice variant form in human brain. J Neurochem. 2005 May;93(3):724-36.
  21. Pai HV, Kommaddi RP, Chinta SJ, Mori T, Boyd MR, Ravindranath V. A frameshift mutation and alternate splicing in human brain generate a functional form of the pseudogene cytochrome P4502D7 that demethylates codeine to morphine. J Biol Chem. 2004 Jun 25;279(26):27383-9.

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