Ruchira Jha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with additional appointments in Neurology and Neurological Surgery. Her current NINDS-K23 award is a translational exploration of the role of Sur1 in traumatic brain injury related cerebral edema under the primary mentorship of Patrick Kochanek, Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr. Jha is looking at genetic variation of the Sur1 gene (ABCC8), and the utility of Sur1 as a biomarker in human. She is complementing these human studies by evaluating this pathway as a molecular target in a translational mouse model of TBI with and without secondary insults.
Dr. Jha also works as a neurointensivist in the Neurocritical Care Unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Jha received her Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2008. Dr. Jha was subsequently an intern in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and continued her Neurology residency and Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the combined Harvard Medical School Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.