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Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

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Professional Background

Dr. Padmanabhan received his BS in Biology and History and his MS in Physiological Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and was the Francis Crick-Irwin Jacobs Junior Fellow at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies before arriving at the University of Rochester.


Dr. Padmanabhan's research aims to understand principles of neuronal function in the mammalian brain using experimental and computational methods with a focus on uncovering the biological bases of psychiatric disorders. Work in the Padmanabhan lab uses multi-electrode electrophysiology, induced-Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) technology, imaging, and theoretical models to address three outstanding questions in neuroscience.

1) How does the brain represents features of the world via patterns of neuronal activity?
2) How does memory and experience shape the process of sensory perception?
3) How are these functions disrupted in neurological and psychiatric disorders?


Journal Articles

Warner EJ, Padmanabhan K. "Sex differences in head-fixed voluntary running behavior in C57BL/6J mice." The European journal of neuroscience.. 2020 Feb 0; 51(3):721-730. Epub 2019 Dec 30.

Chockanathan U, Warner EJ, Turpin L, O'Banion MK, Padmanabhan K. "Altered dorsal CA1 neuronal population coding in the APP/PS1 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease." Scientific reports.. 2020 Jan 23; 10(1):1077. Epub 2020 Jan 23.

Chen Z, Padmanabhan K. "Top-Down Control of Inhibitory Granule Cells in the Main Olfactory Bulb Reshapes Neural Dynamics Giving Rise to a Diversity of Computations." Frontiers in computational neuroscience. 2020 14:59. Epub 2020 Jul 13.