Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD

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Neurology; Physiology
Assistant Professor
Research area(s): 
Systems neuroscience
Summary statement: 

Our mission is to map the neural circuitry of neuropsychiatric disease in order to generate new treatments for these disorders.

Office phone: 
(319) 353-5698
Office number: 
1336
Office building: 
PBDB

The specific problem we are interested is cognitive dysfunction in Parkinsons disease. Our current research focuses on the influence of dopamine on prefrontal networks controlling cognitive behaviors such as timing and performance monitoring. We combine ensemble recording from populations of neurons in awake, behaving animals with specific manipulations using techniques such as optogenetic stimulation, targeted pharmacology, or selective genetic disruption with RNA interference. We hope to identify new treatment strategies that can be translated to a clinical setting

“This is a great place—perhaps the best place—to do cognitive neuroscience research with neurological patients. There is excellent functional imaging work going on here, too, as well as a very interesting assortment of molecular and cellular research.”