Dr. Karamyan joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in August 2008. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Magna cum laude) from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and Ph.D. in Biology from the Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia. He continued his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Robert C. Speth at the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi.
Currently, our group is studying the (patho)physiological function of peptidase neurolysin (EC 188.8.131.52) in ischemic stroke and other neurological disorders. This falls under a larger area of my research interests which focus on understanding of the role of brain peptidergic systems in response of brain to injury and adaptation to stress. Methods routinely used in the laboratory range from protein biochemistry, enzyme and receptor pharmacology to disease models in primary cell cultures and rodents. Students and trainees play primary roles in the research by direct involvement in the design, performance, analysis and presentation of our studies.