Avishek Adhikari, Ph.D.

Titles

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Member, Brain Research Institute

Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology GPB Home Area

Neuroscience GPB Home Area


Awards and Honors:

Brain and Behavior Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award

National Institute of Mental Health K99/R00 Award

Walter V. and Idun Berry Foundation Berry Fellowship

Contact Information

Email
avi@psych.ucla.edu
Phone
Work Phone Number: (310) 825-2961
Address

Mailing Address:

502 Portola Plaza, Franz Hall, room 8611
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Biography

Dr. Adhikari joined UCLA’s Psychology Department in 2016, following postdoctoral training at Stanford University with Prof. Karl Deisseroth and Ph.D. studies at Columbia University with Prof. Joshua A. Gordon and Prof. Rene Hen.

Dr. Adhikari’s lab investigates how the brain coordinates the constellation of changes related to emotional behaviors, with a focus on fear and anxiety. These multi-faceted changes involve complex and dynamic adaptations in hormonal, physiological and behavioral realms. Dr. Adhikari dissects how interactions between different brain structures control these processes, seeking insights that shed light on the neural basis of pathological anxiety disorders and adaptive aversion to danger. To do so we use a combination of powerful techniques, including electrophysiology, behavioral assays, optogenetics and calcium imaging to monitor and control neural activity and behavior.

Learn more about our research at our lab website

Publications