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Principle Investigator: Dr. Balaji Jayaprakash

Assistant Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science

Research: Learning and Memory

Post Doctoral Fellow with Prof. Silva, Department of Neurobiology, UCLA, Los Angeles, July 2007- Dec 2011

Post Doctoral Fellow with Prof. Ryan, Department of Biochemistry, Weil Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY - 10021. USA, 2005 - 2007

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Visiting Fellow, 2004 - 2005

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Ph.D. (Chemistry), 2004

About us

We are interested in investigating neural correlates of different forms of learning and memory. Several processes are known to be associated with memory i.e. encoding, system consolidation and retrieval. Inspite of considerable efforts to study these processes individually, our understanding of interactions among them remains incomplete. Rather than focusing on an individual process, we try to look at the whole system with a holistic view . We try to understand the relationship between memories of recent and remote life time events and how they interact and influence each other. We use techniques such as optogenetics, CLARITY, Virtual Reality and in-vivo imaging along with various behavioural paradigms in mice to address these questions.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

We use an array of small animal behaviors to understand the basic principles of various kinds of learning and their effect on memory consolidation and retrieval. These behavioral paradigms are either the well established behaviour such as tone-fear conditioning, Morris water maze, STFP (Social Transfer of Food Preference)or their modifications thereof and in some cases we come up with novel paradigms (flavor-place association maps).

INSTRUMENTATION

We use custom built multi-photon system for deep-tissue-imaging. This requires a lot of hardware and sofware customization. In our lab, we try to design our own hardware as well as softwares; starting from image analysis to hardware-software interfaces. In order to observe real-time neuronal activity in behaving mice, we intend to use Virtual Reality (VR).

MOLECULAR TOOLS

In order to address some of the critical and fundamental questions in the field of learning and memory, we need means to tag neurons participating in memory and finely controlling their excitation and inhibition properties. This can be achieved by using optogenetics. We also use CLARITY to visualize brain wide connectome of activated neurons.

Lab members

Current Lab members

Vikram Pal Singh
Graduate Student(2012)
vikram[at]iisc.ac.in
Saumitra
Graduate Student(2013)
saumitra1989[at]iisc.ac.in
Aditya Singh
Graduate Student(2012)
adityas[at]iisc.ac.in
Shruti Shridhar
Graduate Student(2013)
shrutis[at]iisc.ac.in
Meenakshi Prabod Kumar
Graduate Student(2014)
meenakship[at]iisc.ac.in
Bandana Pandia
Graduate Student(2017)
bandanap[at]iisc.ac.in
Sankhanava Kundu
Project Assistant(2014)
sankhanava[at]iisc.ac.in
Gangadhar
Lab Attender(2014)
Suraj Kumar
Graduate Student(2012)
surajk[at]iisc.ac.in
Thomas Cherian
Graduate Student(2016)
thomasc[at]iisc.ac.in

Alumni

Richa Bhatt
Project Assistant(2014)
Vijayratan Singh
Post Doctoral Fellow(2012)
Asish Das
Undergraduate Student(2014)n
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Email

jbalaji[at]iisc.ac.in

Address

The Neurodynamics Lab,
Centre for Neuroscience,
Indian Instittute of Science,
Bangalore-560012,
Karnataka (INDIA)

Phone

+91-8022933049