Meet the Director:
Nanthia Suthana, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging. Dr. Suthana has a unique multi-modality background with expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience methodologies including functional magnetic resonance imaging, single neuron and local field potential electrophysiology, electroencephalography, and deep brain stimulation. She completed her graduate training in the UCLA Neuroscience interdepartmental Ph.D. program and postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurosurgery prior to joining faculty.
Dr. Suthana’s research focuses on development of invasive and non-invasive methodologies that can restore cognitive functions such as learning and memory. The program aims to develop therapeutic cognitive treatments and tools through the characterization of neuronal mechanisms underlying successful human learning and memory. Invasive methods such as deep brain stimulation combined with intracranial recordings of single-unit and local field potentials in epilepsy patients is utilized to characterize and develop neuromodulatory methods of memory restoration in individuals with debilitating memory impairments. The lab investigates neural changes underlying successful learning and memory and develops non-invasive methods for improving cognitive function using transcranial magnetic stimulation guided by high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging. The lab includes members with diverse backgrounds in neuroscience, bioengineering, psychology, computer science, and physics and has ongoing collaborations with the department of engineering to develop a novel wireless neuroprosthetic device for treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Dr. Suthana’s research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on deep brain stimulation and memory enhancement has been covered in various media outlets including the Wallstreet Journal, New York Times, Science magazine, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, CNN, US News and others. She is a recipient of a Friends of the Semel Institute Scholar Award and Society for Neuroscience Travel award.