BSBE Faculty

Nitin Gupta

Assistant Professor
Wellcome Trust-DBT Intermediate Fellow


Contact Information:
Email: guptan[at]iitk.ac.in
Tel: (91) 512-259-4384
Fax: (91) 512-259-4010 

Link to Lab Webpage

Academic Background:

Dr. Nitin Gupta graduated from IIT Kanpur in 2004 with a B.Tech. in computer science and an interest in biology. He then joined the PhD program in bioinformatics and systems biology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After completing his PhD in 2009, he spent a few months in a cognitive neuroscience lab at UCSD, and then moved to the National Institutes of Health as a post-doc to learn electrophysiology. He joined the BSBE faculty in July, 2014.

 

Research Interests:

The remarkable capabilities organized by the brain -- from seeing to singing, from remembering to running -- originate in the electrical activities of neurons. Neurons interact with each other forming circuits, which process sensory information and drive appropriate behaviors. We are interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms used by neural circuits for processing information. Our initial focus is on circuits in deeper layers of the olfactory system (sense of smell). We are interested in understanding the circuit mechanisms that determine an animal's behavioral preferences to different smells. We use mosquitoes and flies as our model systems, and a variety of techniques, including in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, histology, behavioral observations, genetic manipulations, and computational modeling.

In a different and applied project, we are working on automated digital interventions for mental health. We have developed a cognitive behavioral therapy tool called TreadWill for depression.