About the Lab
The Translational Neuromodulation Lab explores the neurobiological, behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of human emotional behavior and psychopathology, particularly related to the effects of brain stimulation on affective neural circuit function. Our work primarily occurs on a unique research platform in the epilepsy surgery domain, embracing the recent advances in the field toward stereotactic electroencephalography (sEEG) with extensive coverage of deep structures and white matter fibers, as opposed to traditional approaches which focused more on the cortical surface.
The Bijanki Lab enjoys strong collaborations with thought-leaders in the areas of psychiatric neuromodulation, biophysics, biomedical engineering and neuroscience. In particular, our close collaboration with Dr. Sameer Sheth allows us to make rapid progress in dissecting the neural circuits underlying affective function across two populations of patients undergoing intracranial monitoring: patients with refractory epilepsy and those with severe treatment-resistant depression. Key external collaborations with Dr. Nader Pouratian (UCLA), Dr. Brett Foster (U. Penn), Dr. Cameron McIntyre (Duke), Dr. Nanthia Suthana (UCLA), Dr. David Borton (Brown), Dr. Jeffrey Cohn (U. Pittsburgh), Dr. Helen Mayberg (Mt. Sinai), Dr. Michael Beauchamp (U. Penn), Dr. Jon Willie (Washington Univ. St. Louis), and many others are central to our efforts in an era of team science and multidisciplinary investigation.”