Kevin L. Behar MPhil, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, MRRC Neurometabolism Research Laboratory

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchBioimaging Sciences: Magnetic Resonance Research Center; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy | Diabetes Research Center | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center

Research Interests

NMR; 1H NMR; 13C NMR; In vivo brain metabolism; Glutamate; Gamma-aminobutyrate; Glutamine; Neuron-glial trafficking more...


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1985

Selected Publications

  • Banasr M, Chowdhury GM, Terwilliger R, Newton SS, Duman RS, Behar KL, Sanacora G. Glial pathology in an animal model of depression: reversal of stress-induced cellular, metabolic and behavioral deficits by the glutamate-modulating drug riluzole. Mol Psych. 2008 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Chowdhury GM, Gupta M, Gibson KM, Patel AB, Behar KL. Altered cerebral glucose and acetate metabolism in succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase-deficient mice: evidence for glial dysfunction and reduced glutamate/glutamine cycling. J Neurochem. 2007 Dec;103(5):2077-91. Epub 2007 Sep 13.
  • Chowdhury GM, Patel AB, Mason GF, Rothman DL, Behar KL. Glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmitter cycling and energy metabolism in rat cerebral cortex during postnatal development. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2007 Dec;27(12):1895-907. Epub 2007 Apr 18.



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