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: 
2110A
Office building: 
ML
Lab room number: 
2110
Lab building: 
ML

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

“The University of Iowa is a great place to attend graduate school.  The scientific community is friendly and collaborative, and the Neuroscience program works to create a supportive community among its students.  It's relatively easy to live within a short commute to the University.  Iowa City is also a lot of fun.  I live within walking distance of downtown and everything it has to offer, so I frequent the Farmer's Market, the public library, and favorite restaurants.  ”