Dr. Tara Chand

Assistant Professor & Assistant Director (CVPS)

B.Sc., Biology (Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Bikaner);
B.Tech., M.Tech., Cognitive and Neuroscience (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur);
Ph.D., Cognitive Science (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Dr. Tara Chand is an Assistant Professor at the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS). He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Tübingen, Germany at the intersection of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and the Psychiatry Clinic in Tübingen. After his doctorate, he worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. The focus of his research is the investigation of affective processing in the brain and body by means of multimodal acquisition and analysis approaches.

Research Experience

As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, he worked with the research group of Prof. Ilona Croy on affective processing during social interactions. Before his postdoctoral, Tara Chand was also a research associate at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Jena, where his work focused on the effects of ketamine on the emotional modulation of psychophysiological signals. His PhD thesis at the University of Tübingen with Prof. Dr. Martin Walter focused on the dynamics of the central-peripheral stress response following acute psychosocial stress. It provided valuable insights into the interplay between stress and physiological responses. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and is the subject of presentations at national and international conferences. In recognition of his outstanding peer-reviewed research, he has received the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Society (RFS) Awards in Science.

Teaching Experience

At the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Tara Chand taught the Master’s course “Methods in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience”, which focused on objective methods for the study of cognitive and affective processing and psycho-neurological disorders. As a PhD student at the University of Tübingen, he led many laboratory sessions for the orientation program of master’s and medical students, where he taught them the fundamentals of programming, electrophysiology and neuroimaging. He also supported them in the implementation of their research ideas through the development of tailor-made research designs.



  1. Xiao H*, Cao Y*, Lizano P, Li M; Sun H, Zhou X, Deng G, J Li, Chand T, Jia Z; Walter M, Qiu C. Interleukin-1β moderates the relationships between middle frontal- mACC /insular connectivity and depressive symptoms in bipolar II depression. Brain Behavior and Immunity (Accepted), IF: 19.227
  2. Sen, Z. D., Sharma, N., Danyeli, L. V., Colic, L., Opel, N.,Chand, T., … & Li, M. (2024). Ketamine-induced pleasant but not unpleasant dissociation is linked to the functional connectivity profile of the posteromedial cortex. PsyArxiv Preprint
  3. Sen ZD*, Chand T*, Danyely LV, Kumar V, Colic L, Li M, Javaheripour N, Yemişken M, Deliano, M Walter (2023) The effect of a single S-Ketamine infusion on resting- state functional connectivity within the modulatory pathway of the startle reflex and its affective modulation. Scientific Reports 13 (1), 13323, IF: 4.9
  4. Javaheripour N, Colic L, …, Chand T, …, Wagner G, M Walter (2023) Altered brain dynamic in major depressive disorder: state and trait features. Translational Psychiatry 13 (1), 261, IF: 7.989
  5. Guo ZP, Tang LR, Gao Y, Li M, Chand T, Walter M, Wang L*, Liu CH. (2023) Decreased inter-hemispheric functional connectivity in the insula is associated with illness duration in recurrent depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 15;329:88-95, IF: 6.533
  6. Danyeli LV, Sen ZD, …, Chand T, …, Li M, Walter M (2023). Association of the delayed changes in glutamate levels and functional connectivity with the immediate network effects of S-ketamine. Translational psychiatry, 16;13(1):60, IF: 7.989
  7. Zepeda MN, Alizadeh S, Chand T, Kasties V, Fan Y, Fensky L, Walter M (2023). Trait anxiety is related to Nx4’s efficacy on stress-induced changes in amygdala-centered resting state functional connectivity: a placebo-controlled cross-over trial in mildly to moderately stressed healthy volunteers. BMC neuroscience, 23(1), 1-12., IF:3.28
  8. Chand T, Fan Y, Li M, Jamalabadi H, Danyeli L, Zepeda MN, Fensky L, van der Meer J, Eskoetter H, Schultz M, Walter M (2022). Nx4 Modulated Resting State Functional Connectivity between Amygdala and Prefrontal Cortex in a Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial. Brain Connect. 2022 Apr 19, IF:2.657
  9. Li M, …, Chand T, …, Sen Z (2022). The differential association between local neurotransmitter levels and whole-brain resting-state functional connectivity in two distinct ACC subregions. Hum Brain Mapp. 43(9):2833-2844.,. IF:5.399
  10. Javaheripour, N., Li, M., Chand, T., Krug, A., Kircher, T., Dannlowski, U., … & Wagner, G. (2021). Altered resting-state functional connectome in major depressive disorder: a mega-analysis from the PsyMRI consortium. Translational psychiatry, 11(1), 1-9. IF: 7.989
  11. Chand, T., Alizadeh, S., Jamalabadi, H., Herrmann, L., Krylova, M., Surova, G., … & Walter, M. (2021). EEG revealed improved vigilance regulation after stress exposure under Nx4–A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, cross-over trial. IBRO neuroscience reports, 11, 175-182. IF: 2.70
  12. Chand T, Li M, Jamalabadi H, Wagner G, Lord A, Alizadeh S, Danyeli LV, Herrmann L, Walter M and Sen ZD (2020) Heart Rate Variability as an Index of Differential Brain Dynamics at Rest and After Acute Stress Induction. Front. Neurosci. 14:645. IF: 5.152
  13. Barupal J K, Saini A K, Chand, T,Meena A, Beniwal S, Suthar J R, … & Kothari S L (2015). ”ExcellmiRDB for Translational Genomics: A Curated Online Resource for Extracellular MicroRNAs.”Omics: a journal of integrative biology 19, no. 1: 24-30. IF: 3.978

Abstracts In Conference Proceeding

  1. Jamalabadi H, Chand T, Alizadeh S, Schultz M, Walter M (2017). Effects of Neurexan® on reduced stress responsivity in the autonomic nervous system measured by heart rate variability. WPA 2017 Berlin. SAGE Journals. https://doi.org/10.1177/155005941875650
  2. Chand T, Colic L, Li M, Fensky L, Kühnel A, Teckentrup A, Schultz M, Fan Y, Walter M (2017). Effects of Neurexan® on amygdala-centered resting state functional connectivity, WASAD Congress 2017, Würzburg, Germany. Journal of Neural Transmission 124 (10), pp 1277–1328. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00702-017-1777-9
  3. Chand T, Jamalabadi H, Alizadeh S, Sen DZ, Fensky L, Walter M, Effects of Nx4 on reduced stress responsibility reflected by heart rate variability (2019). Psychoneuroendocrinology, DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.07.032–
  4. Chand T, Jamalabadi H, Alizadeh S, Sen DZ, Fensky L, Walter M, Nx4 reduced the central and peripheral stress response – NEURIM trial, a post hoc analysis (2020). Psychoneuroendocrinology, DOI: 110.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104969
  5. Zepeda, M. N., Alizadeh, S., Chand, T., Kasties, V., Fan, Y., Herrmann, L., & Walter, M. (2020). 108 Effect of a natural medicinal product on neural response to psychosocial stress is associated with personality traits. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 40, S68-S69.DOI: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2020.09.092.
  6. Chand T, Herrmann L, Kasties V, Boden C, Li M, Fan Y, …, Walter M (2021). Nx4 attenuated stress-induced activity of the anterior cingulate cortex: a post-hoc analysis of a placebo controlled cross-over trial, WASAD Congress 2021, Vienna, Austria. J Neural Transm 128, 17671812. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00702-021-02422-z
  7. Sen, Z. D*., T. Chand, L*. Danyely, V. Kumar, L. Colic, M. Li, N. Javaheripour, M. Yemişken, M. Deliano, and M. Walter. ‘The Effect of S-Ketamine Administration on Affective Modulation of the Startle Reflex’. Neuroscience Applied, Abstracts of the 35th ECNP Congress 2022, 1 (1 January 2022): 100398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nsa.2022.100398.
  8. Chand T., Betram L., Meilicke H.M.X., Krylova M., Herrmann L., Martens L., Li M., Walter M., Colic L. Childhood adversity interacts with the relationship among brain network dynamics, cortisol and subjective status after an acute psychosocial stressor. (DGKN 2023, Hamburg), Clinical Neurophysiology 148, e66-e67. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2023.02.146
  9. Li M, Sharma N, Danyeli L, Colic L, Opel N, Chand T, Qin W, Bathula D, Goswami M, Zhang B, Sen ZD. 56. Ketamine-Induced Ego Dissolution is Related to the Functional Connectivity Reconfiguration of the Posteromedial Cortex. (SOBP 2023). Biological Psychiatry. 2023 May 1;93(9):S93.
  10. Chand T, Betram L, Meilicke HM, Herrmann L, Martens L, Krylova M, Izyurov I, Opel N, Li M, Walter M, Colic L. 445. Effects of Childhood Adversity on the Relationship Among Resting State Network Dynamics, Cortisol and Subjective Status After an Acute Psychosocial Stressor. (SOBP 2023). Biological Psychiatry. 2023 May 1;93(9): S274-5.
  11. Duller, S., Krylova, M., Herrmann, L., Mayer, K., Nanni-Zepeda, M., Alizadeh, S., Chand T, … & Walter, M. (2023, December). Neurexan reduces stress-induced hyperactivation in the brain and body-Results from a placebo-controlled, crossover trial in mildly to moderately stressed, healthy individuals. In JOURNAL OF NEURAL TRANSMISSION (Vol. 130, No. 12). Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 8-10, A-1040 Vienna, AUSTRIA: SPRINGER WIEN.


  1. Khan A, Kushvah JP, Chand T (2016). Role of inhibitory cognitive control in creative performance: An ERP Study. 18th World Congress of the International Organization of Psychophysiology and (IOP2016), Aug 31- Sept 4, 2016, Havana, Cuba.
  2. Chand T, Li M, Borchardt V, Jamalabadi H, Alizadeh S, Surova S, Walter M (2018). Predicting Vigilance State from the Mean Voxels Signals of Arousal Network. 24th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2018, Singapore)
  3. Chand T, Sen DZ, Li M, Jamalabadi H, Alizadeh S, Walter M (2019). Internal Brain Dynamics Assessment by Heart Rate Variability, 25th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM 2019, Rome)
  4. Chand T, Li M, Troll M, Sen ZD, Danyely LV, Colic L, Javaheripour N, Walter M, Croy I, Besteher B (2023) Impaired olfactory functional connectivity is associated with depressive symptoms in long-COVID patients. (NAiBS_2023, Jodhpur)
  5. Chand T, Franz M, Cory I (2023). Interbrain synchrony of motor imitation activity – an fNIRS Hyperscaning pilot study (AMPPP2023, Jena)

Reviewer service

  1. NeuroImage
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Journal of Affective Disorders
  4. Frontiers in Neuroscience
  5. Brain connectivity
  6. Neuroscience Informatics
  7. Cerebral cortex
  8. Technical Program Committee Member of third ICETCI 2023
  9. MICCAI Machine Learning in Clinical Neuroimaging
  10. Organization of Human Brain Mapping 2024
  11. CogSci 2024