Sunanda Marella University of California, Santa Barbara
2 protocols

Divya Sitaraman
  • Faculty, University of San Diego
Research focus
  • Neuroscience
  • 1 Author merit


PhD, University of Missouri, USA, 2010

Current position

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sc, University of San Diego, USA, 2014-0


  1. 1) **Pavin A, **Fain K, **DeHart Allison and Sitaraman D. Aversive and Appetitive learning in Drosophila larvae: A simple and powerful suite of laboratory modules for classroom or open-ended research projects. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 2018. Corresponding author. Page 3 of 5 2) Sitaraman D, **Kramer E, Kahsai L, Ostrowski D and Zars T. Discrete Serotonin Systems Mediate Memory Enhancement and Escape Latencies after Unpredicted Aversive Experience in Drosophila Place Memory. Frontiers of Systems Neuroscience 2017 3) **Chen D, Sitaraman D, Chen N, Jin X, Han C, Sun M, Baker B, Nitabach M and Pan Y. Genetic and neuronal mechanisms governing the sex-specific interaction between sleep and sexual behaviors in Drosophila. Nature Communications 2017. Corresponding author. 4) King A, Barber A, **Smith A, **Dreyer A, Sitaraman D, Nitabach M, Cavanaugh D, and Sehgal A Peptidergic Circuit Links the Circadian Clock to Locomotor Activity. Current Biology 2017 5) Sitaraman D, Aso Y, Rubin G, Nitabach M. Control of sleep by dopaminergic inputs to the Drosophila mushroom body. Frontiers of Neural Circuits 2015 6) Sitaraman D, Aso Y, Chen N, Felix M, Rubin G, Nitabach M. Propagation of homeostatic sleep signals from synaptic microcircuits of the Mushroom Body. Current Biology 2015. Featured in a Dispatch Article 7) Aso Y, Sitaraman D, Ichinose T, Kaun K, Vogt K, Belliart-Guerin G, Placais P, Robie A, Yamagata N, Schnaitmann C, Rowell W, Johnston R, Ngo T, Chen N, Korff W, Nitabach MN, Heberlein U, Preat T, Branson K, Tanimoto H, Rubin GM. Mushroom body output neurons encode valence and guide memory-based action selection in Drosophila. Elife 2014 Dec; 23(4) 8) Sitaraman D, LaFerriere H, Birman S, Zars T. Serotonin is critical for rewarded olfactory short-term memory in Drosophila. J Neurogenetics . 2012 Jun; 26(2): 238-44. 9) Sitaraman D, Zars T. Lack of prediction for high-temperature exposures enhances Drosophila place learning. J Exp Biol. 201O Dec 1; 213(23): 4018-22. Article featured in news & views article in Inside JEB. Nominated for Outstanding Paper of the Year Award 10) Sitaraman D, Zars M, Zars T. Place memory formation in Drosophila is independent of proper octopamine signaling. J Comparative Physiology A. 201O Apr; 196(4):299-305 11) LaFerriere H, Guarnieri DJ, Sitaraman D, Diegelmann S, Heberlein U, Zars T. Genetic dissociation of ethanol sensitivity and memory formation in Drosophila melanogaster.[s} ]Genetics. 2008 Apr; 178(4):1895-902. 12) Sitaraman D, Zars M, Laferriere H, Chen YC, **Sable-Smith A, Kitamoto T, Rottinghaus GE, Zars T. Serotonin is necessary for place memory in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Apr 8; 105(14):5579-84. 13) Sitaraman D, Zars M, Zars T. Reinforcement pre-exposure enhances spatial memory formation in Drosophila. J Comparative Physiology A. 2007 Aug; 193(8): 903-8.
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Drosophila Endurance Training and Assessment of Its Effects on Systemic Adaptations
Authors:  Deena Damschroder , Tyler Cobb, Alyson Sujkowski and Robert Wessells, date: 10/05/2018, view: 1366, Q&A: 0
Exercise induces beneficial systemic adaptations that reduce the incidence of age-related diseases. However, the molecular pathways that elicit these adaptations are not well understood. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie the ...
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