Khyati Shah Sutro BioPharma
21 protocols

Sunanda Marella University of California, Santa Barbara
7 protocols

Xiaoyu Liu Florida Atlantic University
9 protocols

Divya Sitaraman
  • Assistant Professor, Psychological Sc, University of San Diego, USA
Research focus
  • Neuroscience
  • 1 Author merit


PhD, University of Missouri, USA, 2010


· **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
· 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
· **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.
· 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
· Sitaraman D, Aso Y, Rubin G, Nitabach M. Control of sleep by dopaminergic inputs to the Drosophila mushroom body. Frontiers of Neural Circuits 2015
· 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
· 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)
· 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.
· 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
· 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
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
1 Protocol published
Authors:  Margaret E. Driscoll, Callen Hyland and Divya Sitaraman, date: 06/20/2019, view: 4982, Q&A: 0
Sleep is a conserved neurobehavioral state observed in animals with sufficiently complex nervous systems and is critical for survival. While the exact function of sleep remains unknown, the lack of sleep can have a range of physiological and ...
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A Standardized Tank Design for the Light Dark Task in Zebrafish
Authors:  Amanda Facciol, Steven Tran and Robert Gerlai, date: 07/20/2019, view: 3077, Q&A: 0
The light dark paradigm is a common behavioral test used to screen a variety of pharmacological agents, including anxiogenics and anxiolytics. Although most often used in rodents, the light dark task has recently been adapted for use in zebrafish. ...
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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: 4668, 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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