Niranjala J.K. Tillakaratne, Ph.D


Member, Brain Research Institute
Researcher, Integrative Biology and Physiology

Contact Information

Work Phone Number: Lab 310 825 8495 Office 310 206 2575
Mailing Address: Dept. of Integrative Biology and PhysiologyUCLA621 Charles E. Young Dr SouthBox 951606Los Angeles, CA 90095UNITED STATES Office Address: 4208 Life Science Building


Tillakaratne NJ, Guu JJ, de Leon RD, Bigbee AJ, London NJ, Zhong H, Ziegler M,Joynes R, Roy RR, Edgerton VR.   Functional recovery of stepping in rats after a complete neonatal spinal cord transection is not due to regrowth across the lesion site , Neuroscience, 2010; 166: 23-33.
Khristy W, Ali NJ, Bravo AB, de Leon R, Roy RR, Zhong H, London NJ, Edgerton VR, Tillakaratne NJ   Changes in GABA(A) receptor subunit gamma 2 in extensor and flexor motoneurons and astrocytes after spinal cord transection and motor training, Brain Res, 2009; 1273: 9-17.
Otoshi CK, Walwyn WM, Tillakaratne NJ, Zhong H, Roy RR, Edgerton VR   Distribution and localization of 5-HT(1A) receptors in the rat lumbar spinal cord after transection and deafferentation, J Neurotrauma, 2009; 26: 575-84.
Jindrich DL, Joseph MS, Otoshi CK, Wei RY, Zhong H, Roy RR, Tillakaratne NJ,Edgerton VR   Spinal learning in the adult mouse using the Horridge paradigm, J Neurosci Methods, , 2009; 182(2): 250-4.
Edgerton VR, Courtine G, Gerasimenko YP, Lavrov I, Ichiyama RM, Fong AJ, Cai LL, Otoshi CK, Tillakaratne NJ, Burdick JW, Roy RR   Training locomotor networks, Brain Res Rev, 2008; 57: 241-54 (Review).
Bigbee AJ, Crown ED, Ferguson AR, Roy RR, Tillakaratne NJ, Grau JW, Edgerton VR   Two chronic motor training paradigms differentially influence acute, Behav Brain Res, 2007; 180: 95-101.
Ahn, SN Guu, JJ Tobin, AJ Edgerton, VR Tillakaratne, NJ   Use of c-fos to identify activity-dependent spinal neurons after stepping in intact adult rats Spinal Cord, 2006; 44: 547-59.
Zanjani H, Lemaigre-Dubreuil Y, Tillakaratne NJK, Blokhin A, McMahon RP, Tobin AJ and Vogel MW.   Cerebellar Purkinje cell loss in aging Hu-Bcl2 transgenic mice, J Comp Neurol, 2004; 475: 481-92.
Edgerton VR, Tillakaratne NJK, Bigbee AJ, de Leon RD, and Roy RR   Locomotor recovery potential after spinal cord injury, Neuro-behavioral determinants of interlimb coordination, edited by Swinnen S. & P Duysens J, 2004; .
Edgerton, VR Tillakaratne, NJ Bigbee, AJ de Leon, RD Roy, RR   Plasticity of the spinal neural circuitry after injury Annual review of neuroscience. , 2004; 27: 145-67.
Hoang, TX Nieto, JH Tillakaratne, NJ Havton, LA   Autonomic and motor neuron death is progressive and parallel in a lumbosacral ventral root avulsion model of cauda equina injury The Journal of comparative neurology. , 2003; 467(4): 477-86.
Mackie, M Hughes, DI Maxwell, DJ Tillakaratne, NJ Todd, AJ   Distribution and colocalisation of glutamate decarboxylase isoforms in the rat spinal cord Neuroscience. , 2003; 119(2): 461-72.
Tillakaratne, NJ de Leon, RD Hoang, TX Roy, RR Edgerton, VR Tobin, AJ   Use-dependent modulation of inhibitory capacity in the feline lumbar spinal cord The Journal of neuroscience, 2002; 22(8): 3130-43.
Edgerton, VR Leon, RD Harkema, SJ Hodgson, JA London, N Reinkensmeyer, DJ Roy, RR Talmadge, RJ Tillakaratne, NJ Timoszyk, W Tobin, A   Retraining the injured spinal cord The Journal of physiology. , 2001; 533(Pt 1): 15-22.
Tillakaratne, NJ Mouria, M Ziv, NB Roy, RR Edgerton, VR Tobin, AJ   Increased expression of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD(67)) in feline lumbar spinal cord after complete thoracic spinal cord transection Journal of neuroscience research. , 2000; 60(2): 219-30.
Banerjee, PK Tillakaratne, NJ Brailowsky, S Olsen, RW Tobin, AJ Snead, OC   Alterations in GABAA receptor alpha 1 and alpha 4 subunit mRNA levels in thalamic relay nuclei following absence-like seizures in rats Experimental neurology. , 1998; 154(1): 213-23.
Banerjee PK, Olsen RW, Tillakaratne NJK, Brailowsky S, Tobin AJ, and Snead OC, 3rd.   Absence seizures decrease steroid modulation of t-[35S]butylbicyclophosphorothionate binding in thalamic relay nuclei, J Pharmacol Exp Ther, 1998; 287: 766-772.
Edgerton VR, Roy RR, de Leon RD, Tillakaratne NJK, and Hodgson JA.   Does motor learning occur in spinal cord?, The neuroscientist, 1997; 3: 287-294.
Edgerton, VR de Leon, RD Tillakaratne, N Recktenwald, MR Hodgson, JA Roy, RR   Use-dependent plasticity in spinal stepping and standing Advances in neurology. , 1997; 72: 233-47.