Ranganatha Sitaram, Ph.D.

Ranganatha Sitaram
Ranganatha Sitaram, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Former Faculty
Neuroscience and neuroimaging, brain-computer interfaces, and neurofeedback and connectomics
1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building J284, Gainesville, FL 32610
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(352) 273-5876
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(352) 273-9221
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B.S., Engineering, Mysore University, India, 1988
M.S., Engineering, Bharathiar University, India, 1991
Ph.D. Neuroscience, summa cum laude, University of Tuebingen, Germany, 2008

Research Summary:

Dr. Sitaram's research is at the intersection of neuroscience, imaging and computational intelligence. It is based on the pivotal question: can modulation of brain activity in selected regions and networks lead to specific changes in sensation, perception, cognition and action, and how can they be used in neuroscience research, and clinical rehabilitation of neurological diseases (e.g., movement disability) and psychiatric (e.g., schizophrenia) disorders. His  research is based on the fundamental neuropsychological paradigms of learning to induce changes in the brain and behavior; combining it with innovative developments in functional and structural brain imaging, physiological measurement technology, and computational algorithms.

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

Sitaram R, Lee S, Ruiz S, Rana M, Veit R, Birbaumer N. Real-time support vector classification and feedback of multiple emotional brain states. Neuroimage. 2010 Aug 6. 2011 May 15;56(2):753-65. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Sitaram, R., Zhang, H., Guan, C., Thulasidas, M., Hoshi, Y., Ishikawa, A., Shimizu, K., Birbaumer, N., 2007. Temporal classification of multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy signals of motor imagery for developing a brain-computer interface. Neuroimage 34, 1416-1427.

Sitaram, R, Veit, R., Stevens, B., Caria, A., Birbaumer, N., Hummel, F. Acquired control of ventral premotor cortex: An exploratory real-time fMRI and TMS study. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Neurorehabil Neural Repair.  2012 Mar-Apr;26(3):256-65. Epub 2011 Sep 8.

Birbaumer N, Ruiz S, Sitaram R. Learned regulation of brain metabolism. Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 May 7. doi:pii: S1364-6613(13)00082-X. 10.1016/j.tics.2013.04.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23664452.

Ruiz, S., Lee, S., Soekader, S., Caria, A., Veit, R., Kircher, T., Birbaumer, N., Sitaram, R. Learned self-regulation of anterior insula in schizophrenia: effects on emotion recognition and neural connectivity. Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Oct 22.  doi: 10.1002/hbm.21427. [Epub ahead of print].