Nanthia Suthana


Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Neuroscience Outreach, BRI
Primary Area: Behavioral Neuroscience
Home Department: Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Address: 300 Stein Plaza Suite 562
Phone: 310-206-8625

Research and Teaching Interests:

I am interested in how the brain supports learning and memory functions from the level of a single neuron to neural networks. I also support the development of innovative approaches in studying brain function and human behavior such as combining neuroprosthetic and immersive virtual reality technology.


Nanthia Suthana is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, and Psychology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Associate Director of the Neuromodulation Division of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Associate Director of Neuroscience Outreach for the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She completed her B.S., PhD, and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA before joining faculty in 2015. Her lab is focused on developing innovative approaches for investigating human neural correlates of episodic memory and how memory can be modulated with invasive and non-invasive stimulation to improve function. She is recipient of the UCLA Stotter chair in Neurosurgery and a NIH brain initiative grant investigating real world spatial navigation using virtual reality in patients with implanted electrodes for neurostimulation and recording.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications:

  1. Aghajan, Z., Schuette, P., Fields, T., Tran M., Siddiqui, S., Hasulak, N., Tcheng, T., Eliashiv, D., Stern, J., Fried, I., Suthana, N. (2017) Theta Oscillations in the human medial temporal lobe during ambulatory movement. Current Biology , 27:3743-3751
  2. Titiz, A.S.*, Hill, M.R.H.*, Mankin, E.A.*, Eliashiv, D., Tchemodanov, N., Maoz, U., Stern, J., Tran, M., Behnke, E.,Suthana, N.**, Fried, I.**. (2017) Theta-Burst Microstimulation in the human entorhinal area improves memory specificity. eLife, pii: e29515, *Equal first authorship, ** Equal senior authorship
  3. Suthana, N., Parikshak, N., Ekstrom A.D., Ison, M., Knowlton, B., Bookheimer S.Y., Fried, I. (2015) Specific responses of human hippocampal neurons are associated with better memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112:10503-8
  4. Suthana, N., Fried, I. (2012) Percepts to recollections: Insight from single neuron recordings in the human brain.  Trends in Cognitive Science, 16:427-36, Review
  5. Suthana, N., Haneef, Z., Stern, J., Mukamel, R., Behnke, E., Knowlton, B., Fried, I. (2012) Memory Enhancement and Deep Brain Stimulation of Entorhinal Area. New England Journal of Medicine, 366:502-510

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