KHANNA Sanjay, PhD


Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Canada (1990)
M.Sc. University of British Columbia, Canada (1986)
M. Pharm Panjab University, India (1983)
B. Pharm University of Delhi, India (1980)

Affiliated Faculty

Sanjay Khanna, Ph.D.

Using animal model and techniques such as electrophysiology, behaviour and immunocytochemistry I have focused on 2 major areas

  • Role of septohippocampal region in pain
  • Hypothalamic regulation of hippocampus

Membership of Editorial Boards

The Open Anesthesiology Journal, Bentham Science Publishers, 2008-present
The Open Pain Journal, Bentham Science Publishers, 2008-present

Research Mentorship

Current graduate students = 4 (3 PhD, 1 MSc)
Past graduate students = 8 (4 PhD and 4 MSc)
Qualitative assessment of impact of research at international and national level; my work has provided insights into the physiology of septo-hippocampal network in pain.


Classroom teaching: with focus on "Neuroscience", contact hours = 36-120

Teaching award: Awarded the "Faculty Teaching Excellence Award" for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 (from Faculty of Science)

Development of undergraduate modules and/or curriculum

  • Undergraduate BSc level 3 modules
  • Life Science Honours module
  • Course design MBBS neuroscience module

Development of postgraduate modules and/or curriculum

  • Postgraduate: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Postgraduate: Advanced Neurophysiology

Participation in postgraduate professional examination: Examiner, Part 1 MDS, 2006-present

External examiner: External examiner in Physiology, 1st Professional BDS, University of Malay

Innovative teaching strategies

  • Developed Self-directed learning modules
  • Development and introduction of Team-base learning
  • Development of web based e-self-directed learning tutorial

Participation in thesis and oral examination committees: I have been the University examiner for 9 PhD and 5 MSc thesis

Consultation work

  • Lectures at Institute of Mental Health to MMED Part I psychiatry trainees
  • Lectures in Basic Medical Science Course, Div. Graduate Dental Studies
  • Lectures, Psychiatry Didactics (NUHS)


Selected research papers as principal investigator (2006-2011)

  1. Tai, SK., Huang, F.-D., Moochhala, S. and Khanna S. Hippocampal theta state in relation to formalin nociception. PAIN 121: 29-42, 2006.
  2. 2. Lee, ATH., Shah, JJ., Li, L., Cheng, Y., Moore, PK. and Khanna, S. A nociceptive-intensity-dependent role for H2S in the formalin model of persistent pain. NEUROSCIENCE 152: 89-96, 2008.
  3. Ariffin, MZB, et al. Nicotinic receptor mechanism in supramammillary nucleus mediates physiological regulation of neural activity in dorsal hippocampal field CA1 of anaesthetized rat. HIPPOCAMPUS 20: 852-865, 2010
  4. Lee, ATH, et al. Medial septum facilitates persistent nociception. PAIN 152: 2528, 2542, 2011.
  5. Khanna, S. Nociceptive processing in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, neurophysiology and pharmacology. In RF Schmidt and WD Willis (eds.) Book chapter, Encyclopedia of Pain, Springer, Berlin, 2007