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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

Chockanathan U, Padmanabhan K. "Divergence in Population Coding for Space between Dorsal and Ventral CA1." eNeuro.. 2021 Aug 25; Epub 2021 Aug 25.

Chockanathan U, Crosier EJW, Waddle S, Lyman E, Gerkin RC, Padmanabhan K. "Changes in pair-wise correlations during running reshapes global network state in the main olfactory bulb." Journal of neurophysiology.. 2021 Mar 3; Epub 2021 Mar 03.

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.