Dr. Pendyala's Laboratory



Vicki Schaal
Research Technologist II


Sneh Koul
Research Technologist I


Sneham Tiwari, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate


Melissa Campbell
Research Administrator

  Gabriel Gallegos, MD
Clinical Researcher
  Kunal Sualy, MD
Clinical Researcher
 Adrian Flores
Graduate Student
  Jordan Hernandez
Graduate Student
Melody Nguyen
Graduate Student 
  Rahul Guda
Undergraduate Researcher


Lab Alumni

Nate Lombardo
Research Scholar


Nate Zaroban
Medical Student 

Sid Gillella
High School Researcher
 (no image available) Murali Devanaboyina 
High School Research
Alex Schmitz
Medical Student
  Colton Roessner
Medical Student


Currently accepting PhD and MD/PhD students for graduate studies and lab rotations.

Positions available:
- Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Residents and Clinical Fellows with research interests in the neurobiology of drug addiction

Contact gpendyala@unmc.edu for more information.





Child Health Research Institute/UNMC/Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Award Period: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2021                           
Title: The conundrum of opioid use in the NICU: Providing comfort or aggravating development?
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Sualy)

COBRE - Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine Pilot project
Award Period: 03/01/2019-12/31/2020
Title: “Characterizing Synaptic Architecture in Pre and Postnatal Oxycodone Exposed Offspring Using Clarity”
Role: Principal Investigator

Child Health Research Institute/UNMC/Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Award Period: 02/01/2020 - 01/31/2021                           
Title: Cord blood extracellular vesicle proteins as novel biomarkers to screen newborns exposed to intrauterine prescription opioids
Role: Principal Investigator

U2-18-FU910, National Strategic Research Institute/University of Nebraska
Award Period: 01/06/2020 - 01/05/2021                           
Title: Medical Countermeasure Drug Discovery & Development
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Bayles/Berkowitz)

Award Period: 9/30/2019 to 8/31/2023
Title: "High-throughput integrated magneto electrochemical exosome (HIMEX) platform to identify neurodevelopmental markers associated with pre and postnatal oxycodone exposure"
Role: Principal Investigator

NIH/NEI R01EY030507
Award Period: 09/01/2019-05/31/2024
Title: “Influence of Ocular hypertension on neurons and synapses in the visual thalamus”
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Van Hook)

Award Period: 9/30/2018 to 6/30/2023
Title: "Extracellular vesicles, meth relapse, and sex differences"
Role: Principal Investigator

Award Period: 04/15/2019-03/31/2021
Title: "Therapeutic Efficacy of Ibudilast to Attenuate Inflammation at the Synapse"
Role: Principal Investigator


NE DHHS LB506- 2020-42
Award Period: 07/01/2019-06/30/2020
Title: " Nicotine Addiction and Sex Differences: Role of Extracellular Vesicles"
Role: Principal Investigator

UNMC Office of Vice Chancellor of Research Core grant
Award Period: 01/01/2018-12/31/2018
“Oxycodone Exposure and Synaptic Development”
Role: Principal Investigator

Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research
Award Period: 11/1/17-10/31/18
Title: “Systems biology approach to identify novel blood biomarkers associated with opioid tapering”
Role: Principal Investigator

COBRE - Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine Pilot project
Award Period: 01/01/2018-06/30/2018
Title: “In vivo neuroimaging of brain metabolites after oxycodone exposure”
Role: Principal Investigator

Nebraska Research Initiative
Award Period: 07/1/15-06/30/17
Title: “Ageing and NeuroAIDS: Decoding the synapse”
Role: Co- Principal Investigator
IDEA Award, Department of Defense
Award Period: 09/30/13-09/29/16
Title: “Mechanisms of synaptic alterations in a neuroinflammation model of Autism”
Role: Co- Investigator
Nebraska Research Initiative
Award Period: 07/1/12-06/30/14
Title: “Strategies to prevent relapse in chronic methamphetamine users”
Role: Principal Investigator
NE DHHS –LB506 2014-04B
Award Period: 07/1/13-06/30/14
Title: “Sex Differences in Nicotine addiction: A systems approach to decipher the synapse”
Role: Principal Investigator

Gurudutt Pendyala, PhD, and Vicki Schaal, MS, prepare research materials in Dr. Pendyala's lab.

(Past two years)

Koul S, Schaal VL, Chand S, Pittenger ST, Nanoth Vellichirammal N, Kumar V, Guda C, Bevins RA, Yelamanchili SV, Pendyala G Role of Brain Derived Extracellular Vesicles in Decoding Sex Differences Associated with Nicotine Self-Administration. Cells. 2020 Aug 11;9(8):E1883. doi:10.3390/cells9081883.PMID: 32796722

Chand S, Jo, A Vellichirammal NN, Gowen A, Guda C, Schaal V, Odegaard K, Lee H, Pendyala G, Yelamanchili S. Comprehensive Characterization of Nanosized Extracellular Vesicles from Central and Peripheral Organs: Implications for Preclinical and Clinical Applications. ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2020 (In press)

Shahjin, F.; Guda, R.S.; Schaal, V.L.; Odegaard, K.; Clark, A.; Gowen, A.; Xiao, P.; Lisco, S.J.; Pendyala, G.; Yelamanchili, S.V. Brain-Derived Extracellular Vesicle microRNA Signatures Associated with In Utero and Postnatal Oxycodone ExposureCells. 2019 Dec 19;9(1):21. doi:10.3390/cells9010021.PMID: 31861723 

Moore D, Meays BM, Madduri LSV, Shahjin F, Chand S, Niu M, Albahrani A, Guda C, Pendyala G, Fox HS, Yelamanchili SV. "Downregulation of an Evolutionary Young miR-1290 in an iPSC-Derived Neural Stem Cell Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder." Stem Cells Int. 2019 May 2;2019:8710180. doi: 10.1155/2019/8710180. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31191687

Pittenger SA, Schaal VL, Moore D, Guda RS, Koul S, Yelamanchili SV, Bevins RA and Pendyala G (2018) “MicroRNA cluster miR199a/214 are differentially expressed in female and male rats following nicotine self- administration” Scientific Reports 8:17464 doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35747-z 

Thangaraj A, Periyasamy P, Liao K, Bendi VS, Callen S, Pendyala G, Buch S. HIV-1 TAT-mediated microglial activation: Role of mitochondrial dysfunction and defective mitophagy. Autophagy. 2018 Jul 3. doi: 10.1080/15548627.2018.1476810. PMID: 29966509

Additional Publications in Pubmed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1NwKZMtTqHnQJ/bibliography/47962309/public/?sort=date&direction=descending


Rick Bevins, PhD
Dept. of Psychology, UNL

Shilpa Buch, PhD
Dept. of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, UNMC

Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Dept. of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, UNMC

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD

Dept. of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Hakho Lee, PhD

Dept. of Radiology, Harvard University

Cristina Woo, PhD

Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Mohanad Shukry, MD
Dept. of Anesthesiology, UNMC

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Dept. of Pediatrics, UNMC



UNMC Anesthesiology Research