Nanthia Suthana, Ph.D.


Member, Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Assistant Professor In-Residence, Neurosurgery

Contact Information

Office Phone Number: (310) 794-4021

Mailing Address:

300 Stein Plaza Ste 562
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Nanthia Suthana is an assistant professor of psychiatry, neurosurgery and bioengineering, Associate Director of the Neuromodulation Division in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Associate Director of Outreach at the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Dr. Suthana’'s primary research focus is on the neural basis of human learning and memory. She combines single-neuron and local field potential recordings with deep brain stimulation and high-resolution structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in human participants with implanted electrodes. Her lab is the first to combine freely moving virtual reality and motion tracking in human participants with implanted depth electrodes. The lab also investigates neural changes underlying successful learning and memory and develops non-invasive methods for improving cognitive function using transcranial magnetic stimulation guided by high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging. The lab includes members with diverse backgrounds in neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, bioengineering, psychology, and computer science and has ongoing collaborations with the department of engineering to develop a novel wireless neuroprosthetic device for treatment of neuropyschiatric disorders. Her research currently works towards the development of a computational model that can be incorporated into neuroprosthetic devices used to restore function in afflicted patients. Dr. Suthana completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA and her postdoctoral fellowship in UCLA Neurosurgery before joining faculty. Dr. Suthana also spends part of her time teaching undergraduate courses on Neuroanatomy, Introduction to Signal Processing, Cognitive Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Introductory Psychobiology. She is currently the Ruth and Raymond Stotter chair in Neurosurgery, a recipient of the Joseph Drown Foundation Friends Scholar Award and a NIH Brain Inititative grant in support of her work.


A selected list of publications:

M Aghajan Zahra, Schuette Peter, Fields Tony A, Tran Michelle E, Siddiqui Sameed M, Hasulak Nicholas R, Tcheng Thomas K, Eliashiv Dawn, Mankin Emily A, Stern John, Fried Itzhak, Suthana Nanthia   Theta Oscillations in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe during Real-World Ambulatory Movement Current biology : CB, 2017; 27(24): 3743-3751.e3.
Titiz Ali S, Hill Michael R H, Mankin Emily A, M Aghajan Zahra, Eliashiv Dawn, Tchemodanov Natalia, Maoz Uri, Stern John, Tran Michelle E, Schuette Peter, Behnke Eric, Suthana Nanthia A, Fried Itzhak   Theta-burst microstimulation in the human entorhinal area improves memory specificity eLife, 2017; 6(12): 1474-1480.
Reggente Nicco, Essoe Joey K-Y, Aghajan Zahra M, Tavakoli Amir V, McGuire Joseph F, Suthana Nanthia A, Rissman Jesse   Enhancing the Ecological Validity of fMRI Memory Research Using Virtual Reality Frontiers in neuroscience, 2018; 12: 408.
Nir Yuval, Andrillon Thomas, Marmelshtein Amit, Suthana Nanthia, Cirelli Chiara, Tononi Giulio, Fried Itzhak   Selective neuronal lapses precede human cognitive lapses following sleep deprivation Nature medicine, 2017; 23(12): 1474-1480.
Suthana Nanthia A, Parikshak Neelroop N, Ekstrom Arne D, Ison Matias J, Knowlton Barbara J, Bookheimer Susan Y, Fried Itzhak   Specific responses of human hippocampal neurons are associated with better memory Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015; 112(33): 10503-8.
Suthana Nanthia A, Donix Markus, Wozny David R, Bazih Adam, Jones Michael, Heidemann Robin M, Trampel Robert, Ekstrom Arne D, Scharf Maria, Knowlton Barbara, Turner Robert, Bookheimer Susan Y   High-resolution 7T fMRI of Human Hippocampal Subfields during Associative Learning Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 2015; 27(6): 1194-206.
Yushkevich Paul A, Amaral Robert S C, Augustinack Jean C, Bender Andrew R, Bernstein Jeffrey D, Boccardi Marina, Bocchetta Martina, Burggren Alison C, Carr Valerie A, Chakravarty M Mallar, Chételat Gaël, Daugherty Ana M, Davachi Lila, Ding Song-Lin, Ekstrom Arne, Geerlings Mirjam I, Hassan Abdul, Huang Yushan, Iglesias J Eugenio, La Joie Renaud, Kerchner Geoffrey A, LaRocque Karen F, Libby Laura A, Malykhin Nikolai, Mueller Susanne G, Olsen Rosanna K, Palombo Daniela J, Parekh Mansi B, Pluta John B, Preston Alison R, Pruessner Jens C, Ranganath Charan, Raz Naftali, Schlichting Margaret L, Schoemaker Dorothee, Singh Sachi, Stark Craig E L, Suthana Nanthia, Tompary Alexa, Turowski Marta M, Van Leemput Koen, Wagner Anthony D, Wang Lei, Winterburn Julie L, Wisse Laura E M, Yassa Michael A, Zeineh Michael M, Zeineh Michael M   Quantitative comparison of 21 protocols for labeling hippocampal subfields and parahippocampal subregions in in vivo MRI: towards a harmonized segmentation protocol NeuroImage, 2015; 111(6): 526-41.
Miller Jonathan F, Fried Itzhak, Suthana Nanthia, Jacobs Joshua   Repeating spatial activations in human entorhinal cortex Current biology : CB, 2015; 25(8): 1080-5.
Suthana Nanthia, Fried Itzhak   Deep brain stimulation for enhancement of learning and memory NeuroImage, 2014; 85 Pt 3(2): 996-1002.
Donix Markus, Burggren Alison C, Scharf Maria, Marschner Kira, Suthana Nanthia A, Siddarth Prabha, Krupa Allison K, Jones Michael, Martin-Harris Laurel, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Werner Annett, von Kummer Rüdiger, Sauer Cathrin, Small Gary W, Holthoff Vjera A, Bookheimer Susan Y   APOE associated hemispheric asymmetry of entorhinal cortical thickness in aging and Alzheimer's disease Psychiatry research, 2013; 214(3): 212-20.
Jacobs Joshua, Weidemann Christoph T, Miller Jonathan F, Solway Alec, Burke John F, Wei Xue-Xin, Suthana Nanthia, Sperling Michael R, Sharan Ashwini D, Fried Itzhak, Kahana Michael J   Direct recordings of grid-like neuronal activity in human spatial navigation Nature neuroscience, 2013; 16(9): 1188-90.
Suthana Nanthia, Fried Itzhak   Percepts to recollections: insights from single neuron recordings in the human brain Trends in cognitive sciences, 2012; 16(8): 427-36.
Suthana Nanthia, Haneef Zulfi, Stern John, Mukamel Roy, Behnke Eric, Knowlton Barbara, Fried Itzhak   Memory enhancement and deep-brain stimulation of the entorhinal area The New England journal of medicine, 2012; 366(6): 502-10.
Staba Richard J, Ekstrom Arne D, Suthana Nanthia A, Burggren Alison, Fried Itzhak, Engel Jerome, Bookheimer Susan Y   Gray matter loss correlates with mesial temporal lobe neuronal hyperexcitability inside the human seizure-onset zone Epilepsia, 2012; 53(1): 25-34.
Romero-Calderón Rafael, O'Hare Elizabeth D, Suthana Nanthia A, Scott-Van Zeeland Ashley A, Rizk-Jackson Angela, Attar Aida, Madsen Sarah K, Ghiani Cristina A, Evans Christopher J, Watson Joseph B   Project brainstorm: using neuroscience to connect college students with local schools PLoS biology, 2012; 10(4): e1001310.
Suthana Nanthia, Ekstrom Arne, Moshirvaziri Saba, Knowlton Barbara, Bookheimer Susan   Dissociations within human hippocampal subregions during encoding and retrieval of spatial information Hippocampus, 2011; 21(7): 694-701.
Donix Markus, Burggren Alison C, Suthana Nanthia A, Siddarth Prabha, Ekstrom Arne D, Krupa Allison K, Jones Michael, Martin-Harris Laurel, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Small Gary W, Bookheimer Susan Y   Family history of Alzheimer's disease and hippocampal structure in healthy people The American journal of psychiatry, 2010; 167(11): 1399-406.
Suthana Nanthia A, Krupa Allison, Donix Markus, Burggren Alison, Ekstrom Arne D, Jones Michael, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Siddarth Prabha, Small Gary W, Bookheimer Susan Y   Reduced hippocampal CA2, CA3, and dentate gyrus activity in asymptomatic people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease NeuroImage, 2010; 53(3): 1077-84.
Donix Markus, Burggren Alison C, Suthana Nanthia A, Siddarth Prabha, Ekstrom Arne D, Krupa Allison K, Jones Michael, Rao Anup, Martin-Harris Laurel, Ercoli Linda M, Miller Karen J, Small Gary W, Bookheimer Susan Y   Longitudinal changes in medial temporal cortical thickness in normal subjects with the APOE-4 polymorphism NeuroImage, 2010; 53(1): 37-43.
Ekstrom Arne D, Bazih Adam J, Suthana Nanthia A, Al-Hakim Ramsey, Ogura Kenji, Zeineh Michael, Burggren Alison C, Bookheimer Susan Y   Advances in high-resolution imaging and computational unfolding of the human hippocampus NeuroImage, 2009; 47(1): 42-9.
Suthana Nanthia A, Ekstrom Arne D, Moshirvaziri Saba, Knowlton Barbara, Bookheimer Susan Y   Human hippocampal CA1 involvement during allocentric encoding of spatial information The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2009; 29(34): 10512-9.
Ekstrom Arne, Suthana Nanthia, Millett David, Fried Itzhak, Bookheimer Susan   Correlation between BOLD fMRI and theta-band local field potentials in the human hippocampal area Journal of neurophysiology, 2009; 101(5): 2668-78.
Ekstrom Arne, Suthana Nanthia, Behnke Eric, Salamon Noriko, Bookheimer Susan, Fried Itzhak   High-resolution depth electrode localization and imaging in patients with pharmacologically intractable epilepsy Journal of neurosurgery, 2008; 108(4): 812-5.