Sharad Ramanathan, Ph.D.

Title
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Department
FAS Center for Systems Biology
Institution
Harvard University
Address
52 Oxford Street
Northwest Laboratories NW 365.20
City, State, Zip
Cambridge, MA 02138-1903
Phone
(617) 384-7852
E-mail
sramanathan[at]mcb.harvard.edu
Website
http://sysbio.harvard.edu/csb/research/ramanathan.html
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2011

Research

My lab is focused on understanding how cells and organisms make decisions. In particular we want to uncover how the dynamics of the underlying molecular and neural circuits lead to signal integration and decision-making.

Our work focuses studying the dynamics of neural circuits in the nematode C. elegans to understand how these animals make behavioral choices, and on the dynamics of molecular circuits in stem cells that lead to specific fate choices during development. In either case, we strive to understand the system well enough to be able to enforce specific decisions by directly manipulating the relevant dynamics. In the process, we develop and build novel optical, microscopy, image processing and statistical tools.