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Dr. Jaideep Bains



Professor - Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Associate Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

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Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-7585


Office: Health Sciences2113

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Educational Background

Ph.D. Physiology, Queen's University, 1997

MSc Physiology, Queen's University, 1993

BScH Life Sciences, Queen's University, 1991


Areas of Research


Behavioral phenotyping, in vivo imaging, Optogenetics


Patch clamp electrophysiology


My research uses novel technical approaches to reveal key features of how neural circuits that regulate an organism’s internal state are also purposed to control behaviour and remember specific experiences. We use a combination of electrophysiology, behavioral analysis, functional imaging, and optogenetics to characterize how the brain decodes stress and generates distinct behaviors. Using circuit mapping approaches and behavioral analysis tools we developed, my work has linked brief stress exposure to specific coping strategies, shown that stress controllability can be used to train specific cell populations in the brain to alter innate behavior and revealed brain mechanisms responsible for the transmission and buffering of stress between individuals. We are now applying these approaches to better understand neural circuit deficits in mouse models of ASD. We have ongoing collaborations with HBI members, including Dr. Grant Gordon, Dr. Roger Thompson and Dr. Matthew Hill. We also collaborate with ACHRI members, Dr. Deborah Kurrasch and Dr. Jiami Guo.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Stress and the brain

Mathison Centre

Stress and the brain

Affiliation: Mathison Centre for Mental Health


  • AHFMR Senior Medical Scholar, AHFMR. 2006
  • AHFMR Medical Scholar, AHFMR. 2001