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Office of Fellowship Training (OFT)

OFT Mission

The mission of the Office of Fellowship Training is:

  • To support and promote a productive and fulfilling research training experience in the NIMH Intramural Research Program
  • To encourage career planning and guide career management through trainee use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • To provide programs and services to assist trainees in discovering and clarifying career choices
  • To provide opportunities and to encourage trainees to build a professional skill set which enables them to become world leaders in academic and non-academic careers

Monthly Current & Alumni Fellow Highlight

Talakad Goolaiah Lohith, MBBS, MMST, PhD

Talakad Goolaiah Lohith, MBBS, MMST, PhD

Talakad Lohith joined the Molecular Imaging Branch of NIMH in July 2009 as a post-doctoral visiting fellow under the supervision of Robert B. Innis, who leads development and evaluation of positron emission tomography (PET) ligands for neuroimaging. He led multiple clinical and preclinical PET neuroimaging projects using novel PET tracers for neuroinflammation and mood disorders. He evaluated preclinical and clinical first-in-human trial of a new opioid receptor target called nociceptin orphanin peptide (NOP) receptor using a novel PET radioligand 11C-NOP-1A. NOP receptors were imaged for the first time in healthy human brain and quantified by kinetic modeling of PET scans. New PET ligands were characterized for imaging and quantification of translocator (TSPO) protein, 5-HT4 receptor and P-gp efflux transporter in vivo in monkey & rodent brain. He gained immense skills and expertise at NIMH to facilitate new PET molecular imaging tracers for clinical application.

Since January 2015, he is an Associate Principal Scientist in the Imaging Department at Merck & Co., Inc. He provides image analysis expertise as a PET Kinetic Modeler. His current research focus is to facilitate clinical translation of new drug candidates in Merck therapeutic pipeline using PET imaging for proof-of-concept and proof-of mechanism studies in clinical trials.


2009 PhD Imaging Sciences University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan
2004 MMST Biomedical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
2000 MBBS Medicine Bangalore University, Bangalore, India