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

“Iowa City really is the perfect place to go to graduate school. The city has enough to do to keep you busy when you have the time, and cheap enough that you can actually afford to go to a few things as well as live relatively comfortably on the stipend provided. Also, there are truly great people in the program.”