Posts classified under: TNT Faculty

Kalyanam Shivkumar, Ph.D.

Dr. Shivkumar is a physician scientist who serves as the director of the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center & EP Programs (since its establishment in 2002). His is a graduate of the UCLA STAR Program (class of 2000) and his field of specialization is interventional cardiac electrophysiology. He leads a large group at UCLA (comprising a diverse group of fifteen faculty members, several trainees and sixty staff + allied health professionals) involved in clinical care, teaching, research and biomedical innovation. The team provides state of the art clinical care, has developed several innovative therapies (e.g. epicardial ablation, neuromodulation) for the non-pharmacological management of cardiac arrhythmias and other cardiac interventions. The team has a major focus on mechanistic research on the neural control of the mammalian heart. Dr. Shivkumar also serves as the director and chief of the UCLA Cardiovascular Interventional Programs. Dr. Shivkumar’s research work relates to mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias in humans especially the role of the autonomic nervous system and his research work transcends the perspective of a single organ and has implications for neurovisceral sciences in general. The UCLA Neurocardiology Research Program of Excellence was established by him as the specialized research arm of the Arrhythmia Center in 2014. Dr. Shivkumar and his colleagues are actively involved in human mechanistic studies, development of new intellectual property and medical technology for cardiovascular therapeutics. His IP has been incorporated into medical devices that are now FDA approved and in clinical use. He serves as an editor for several journals in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, and is a peer reviewer for several basic science and clinical journals. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the NIH in evaluating cardiac arrhythmia & neuroscience research. His research has been supported by grants from the American Heart Association, the Doris Duke Foundation, private donors and from the NIH (continuously since 2006). Currently Dr. Shivkumar oversees a 15-university NIH consortium on neural control of the heart. Dr. Shivkumar has mentored several STAR awardees and has received several teaching awards. He has been appointed to serve on the board of examiners for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Section of the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine). He has been elected to the membership of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and serves as the institutional representative of UCLA for the ASCI. He was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2016 & President of the ISAN (International Society of Autonomic Neuroscience) in 2019.…[Author]

Harold Monbouquette, Ph.D.

Harold Monbouquette, Ph.D., is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His group conducts research focused on sensors and diagnostics, as well as the application of nanotechnology to these areas. He has been instrumental in creating an implantable microprobe with neurochemical sensing sites that exhibit rapid response times (<100 msec) while retaining high selectivity, in incorporating multiple sensing modalities on the same probe, in developing a PDMS microstamping method to deposit enzyme to targeted microelectrode sites, and in fabricating an on-probe reference site that results in 60-70% reduction in sensor noise.

Michele Basso, Ph.D.


Dr. Michele A. Basso is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Neurobiology. She studied Neuroscience at Stony Brook University in NY and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Eye Institute, NIH. After serving as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she moved to UCLA to join the faculty and direct the Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. The work performed in her laboratory is aimed at unravelling the neuronal circuits of decision-making in health and disease. Her work spans multiple species and employs multiple technologies designed to understand how memory and sensory information are combined to give rise to our decisions.


A selected list of publications:

Perugini Alessandra, Basso Michele A   Perceptual decisions based on previously learned information are independent of dopaminergic tone Journal of neurophysiology, 2018; 119(3): 849-861.
Odegaard Brian, Grimaldi Piercesare, Cho Seong Hah, Peters Megan A K, Lau Hakwan, Basso Michele A   Superior colliculus neuronal ensemble activity signals optimal rather than subjective confidence Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2018; 115(7): E1588-E1597.
Crapse Trinity B, Lau Hakwan, Basso Michele A   A Role for the Superior Colliculus in Decision Criteria Neuron, 2018; 97(1): 181-194.e6.
May Paul J, Basso Michele A   Connections between the zona incerta and superior colliculus in the monkey and squirrel Brain structure & function, 2018; 223(1): 371-390.
Basso Michele A, May Paul J   Circuits for Action and Cognition: A View from the Superior Colliculus Annual review of vision science, 2017; 3(1): 197-226.
Ghitani Nima, Bayguinov Peter O, Basso Michele A, Jackson Meyer B   A sodium afterdepolarization in rat superior colliculus neurons and its contribution to population activity Journal of neurophysiology, 2016; 116(1): 191-200.
Perugini Alessandra, Ditterich Jochen, Basso Michele A   Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Show Impaired Use of Priors in Conditions of Sensory Uncertainty Current biology : CB, 2016; 26(14): 1902-10.
Basso Michele A   Monkey neurophysiology to clinical neuroscience and back again Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2016; 113(24): 6591-3.
Crapse Trinity B, Basso Michele A   Insights into decision making using choice probability Journal of neurophysiology, 2015; 114(6): 3039-49.
Grimaldi Piercesare, Lau Hakwan, Basso Michele A   There are things that we know that we know, and there are things that we do not know we do not know: Confidence in decision-making Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2015; 55: 88-97.
Bayguinov Peter O, Ghitani Nima, Jackson Meyer B, Basso Michele A   A hard-wired priority map in the superior colliculus shaped by asymmetric inhibitory circuitry Journal of neurophysiology, 2015; 114(1): 662-76.
Vokoun Corinne R, Huang Xin, Jackson Meyer B, Basso Michele A   Response normalization in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus as a possible mechanism for saccadic averaging The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2014; 34(23): 7976-87.
Ghitani Nima, Bayguinov Peter O, Vokoun Corinne R, McMahon Shane, Jackson Meyer B, Basso Michele A   Excitatory synaptic feedback from the motor layer to the sensory layers of the superior colliculus The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2014; 34(20): 6822-33.
Mahamed Safraaz, Garrison Tiffany J, Shires Joel, Basso Michele A   Stimulation of the Substantia Nigra Influences the Specification of Memory-Guided Saccades Journal of neurophysiology, 2013; 39(1): .
Powers Alice S, Basso Michele A, Evinger Craig   Blinks slow memory-guided saccades Journal of neurophysiology, 2013; 109(3): 734-41.
Vokoun Corinne R, Jackson Meyer B, Basso Michele A   Circuit dynamics of the superior colliculus revealed by in vitro voltage imaging Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2011; 1233(2): 41-7.
Li Xiaobing, Basso Michele A   Cues to move increased information in superior colliculus tuning curves Journal of neurophysiology, 2011; 106(2): 690-703.
Shires Joel, Joshi Siddhartha, Basso Michele A   Shedding new light on the role of the basal ganglia-superior colliculus pathway in eye movements Current opinion in neurobiology, 2010; 20(6): 717-25.
Vokoun Corinne R, Jackson Meyer B, Basso Michele A   Intralaminar and interlaminar activity within the rodent superior colliculus visualized with voltage imaging The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2010; 30(32): 10667-82.
Kim Byounghoon, Basso Michele A   A probabilistic strategy for understanding action selection The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2010; 30(6): 2340-55.
Gooding Diane C, Basso Michele A   The tell-tale tasks: a review of saccadic research in psychiatric patient populations Brain and cognition, 2008; 68(3): 371-90.
Liu Ping, Basso Michele A   Substantia nigra stimulation influences monkey superior colliculus neuronal activity bilaterally Journal of neurophysiology, 2008; 100(2): 1098-112.
Basso Michele A   Electrical stimulation of nervous system tissue. Introduction Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2008; 32(3): 331.
Li Xiaobing, Basso Michele A   Preparing to move increases the sensitivity of superior colliculus neurons The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2008; 28(17): 4561-77.
Kim Byounghoon, Basso Michele A   Saccade target selection in the superior colliculus: a signal detection theory approach The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2008; 28(12): 2991-3007.
Utter Amy A, Basso Michele A   The basal ganglia: an overview of circuits and function Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2008; 32(3): 333-42.
Basso Michele A, Liu Ping   Context-dependent effects of substantia nigra stimulation on eye movements Journal of neurophysiology, 2007; 97(6): 4129-42.
Smith Joshua J, Hadzic Vezira, Li Xiaobing, Liu Ping, Day Tiffany, Utter Amy, Kim Byounghoon, Washington Ida M, Basso Michele A   Objective measures of health and well-being in laboratory rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) Journal of medical primatology, 2006; 35(6): 388-96.
Li Xiaobing, Kim Byounghoon, Basso Michele A   Transient pauses in delay-period activity of superior colliculus neurons Journal of neurophysiology, 2006; 95(4): 2252-64.
Li Xiaobing, Basso Michele A   Competitive stimulus interactions within single response fields of superior colliculus neurons The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2005; 25(49): 11357-73.
Basso Michele A, Pokorny Jennifer J, Liu Ping   Activity of substantia nigra pars reticulata neurons during smooth pursuit eye movements in monkeys The European journal of neuroscience, 2005; 22(2): 448-64.
Basso Michele A, Uhlrich Daniel, Bickford Martha E   Cortical function: a view from the thalamus Neuron, 2005; 45(4): 485-8.
Williamson Shawn S, Zivotofsky Ari Z, Basso Michele A   Modulation of gaze-evoked blinks depends primarily on extraretinal factors Journal of neurophysiology, 2005; 93(1): 627-32.
Basso Michele A, Wurtz Robert H   Neuronal activity in substantia nigra pars reticulata during target selection The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2002; 22(5): 1883-94.
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