Asst. Professor of Neurosurgery & Bioengineering
Nanthia Suthana, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, and Bioengineering. She completed her B.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience and postdoctoral training at UCLA before joining faculty. She uses virtual (and augmented) reality combined with wearable technologies in patients with brain implants to understand cognitive functions such as learning and memory, and develop novel therapies for neurologic and psychiatric disorders. She has been awarded a NIH Brain Initiative grant to study deep brain mechanisms of real world spatial navigation and a McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for her platform for wireless deep brain recording and stimulation in humans. She is the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair in Neurosurgery and serves as the Associate Director of the Neuromodulation Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience as well as the Associate Director of Neuroscience outreach for the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She is also co-director of the Center for NeuroTechnology at UCLA and associated Training program in Translational Neurotechnology.
In the 1970s, the first brain computer interface devices were developed at UCLA. Decades later researchers, scientists, engineers and neurosurgeons are working on devices that can enhance mood and memory and has the potential to radically change how we live. Commercial development of their work is on the horizon and the lessons they are learning […]