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Pratip Mitra, PhD

Office Phone: 325-696-0432
Mail Address: 1718 Pine Street, Rm 1308
Abilene TX 79601


Dr. Mitra completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Poona, and a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Bombay in India. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemical Pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and subsequently pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and finally at Dalhousie University in Canada. His scientific research interests lie in the area of cellular neurophysiology. More specifically, this involves using patch-clamp electrophysiological techniques in order to investigate the role of diverse ion channels in generating the intrinsic firing properties of neurons. In addition to his research, Dr. Mitra pursued and obtained certification with regard to teaching at the university level. Prior to joining his present position, he had been involved for a number of years in teaching graduate and undergraduate students in various neuroscience and cell biology courses, both at medical school and undergraduate level institutions. Presently at the School of Pharmacy, he has an academic appointment and is associated with the teaching of basic science courses such as anatomy, physiology, immunology, pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy courses, in addition to being involved with problem-based learning. He is also associated with the Biotechnology graduate program offered in Abilene, TX by the TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Mitra came to the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy in Abilene, TX from Nova Scotia, Canada. He presently serves as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Immunotherapeutics & Biotechnology.

Research Interests

Teaching methods, Electrophysiology, Neurophysiology, Patch clamp

Teaching Interests

Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Anatomy, Physiology, Immunology, Pathophysiology, Cell Biology, Problem Based Learning

Selected Publications:

  • Mitra, Pratip & Brownstone, R January (2012) An in vitro spinal cord slice preparation for recording from lumbar motoneurons of the adult mouse. Journal of neurophysiology, 107, 2, 728-41.
  • Mitra, Pratip & Miller, R September (2007) Mechanism underlying rebound excitation in retinal ganglion cells. Visual neuroscience, 24, 5, 709-31.
  • Mitra, Pratip & Miller, R January (2007) Normal and rebound impulse firing in retinal ganglion cells. Visual neuroscience, 24, 1, 79-90.
  • Mitra, Pratip & Slaughter, M April (2002) Calcium-induced transitions between the spontaneous miniature outward and the transient outward currents in retinal amacrine cells. The Journal of general physiology, 119, 4, 373-88.
  • Mitra, Pratip & Slaughter, M April (2002) Mechanism of generation of spontaneous miniature outward currents (SMOCs) in retinal amacrine cells. The Journal of general physiology, 119, 4, 355-72.