Vikram Jakkamsetti is an Instructor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He works in Dr. Juan Pascual’s lab with a primary goal of exploring mechanistic links between energy metabolism and neuronal electrophysiology, for providing insights relevant to correcting seizures and intellectual disability in related pediatric encephalopathies. He also collaborates with lab colleagues on projects aiming to find the molecular, synaptic and neurophysiological underpinnings of rodent behavior impacted by mutations.

Vikram earned his medical degree (MBBS) and completed a residency in Internal Medicine (MD) at South Gujarat University in India. He then received an MS (Applied Cognition and Neuroscience) and a PhD (Cognition and Neuroscience) degree at The University of Texas at Dallas. During his PhD training in Dr. Michael Kilgard’s lab, he examined the impact of behavioral experience and pharmacology in inducing experience-dependent reorganization of cerebral cortex maps in rodent auditory cortex.

For postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dr. Kimberly Huber’s Lab, he studied how a brief novel experience primes only activated hippocampus neurons for subsequent synaptic plasticity, before moving to Dr. Juan Pascual’s lab.


South Gujarat University (1998), Medicine
Medical School
South Gujarat University (2002), Internal Medicine
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (2008), Neuroscience

Research Interest

  • Behavioral Learning and Synaptic Plasticity
  • Energy Metabolism and Epilepsy
  • Machine Learning Applications in Neuroscience/Neurology
  • Systems/Cellular/Synaptic Neurophysiology
  • Translational Neuroscience


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Combination of triheptanoin with the ketogenic diet in Glucose transporter type 1 deficiency (G1D).
Avila A, Málaga I, Sirsi D, Kayani S, Primeaux S, Kathote GA, Jakkamsetti V, Kallem RR, Putnam WC, Park JY, Shinnar S, Pascual JM, Sci Rep 2023 Jun 13 1 8951
Identification of glucose transport modulators in vitro and method for their deep learning neural network behavioral evaluation in Glut1 deficient mice.
Kathote G, Ma Q, Angulo G, Chen H, Jakkamsetti V, Dobariya A, Good LB, Posner B, Park JY, Pascual JM, J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2023 Jan
Red blood cells as glucose carriers to the human brain: Modulation of cerebral activity by erythrocyte exchange transfusion in Glut1 deficiency (G1D).
Wang RC, Lee EE, De Simone N, Kathote G, Primeaux S, Avila A, Yu DM, Johnson M, Good LB, Jakkamsetti V, Sarode R, Holland AA, Pascual JM, J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2022 Dec 271678X221146121
Metabolic modulation of synaptic failure and thalamocortical hypersynchronization with preserved consciousness in Glut1 deficiency.
Rajasekaran K, Ma Q, Good LB, Kathote G, Jakkamsetti V, Liu P, Avila A, Primeaux S, Enciso Alva J, Markussen KH, Marin-Valencia I, Sirsi D, Hacker PMS, Gentry MS, Su J, Lu H, Pascual JM, Sci Transl Med 2022 Oct 14 665 eabn2956


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Auditory Environment, Stress, and Brain Plasticity. In The Neurobiology of Stress: an Evolutionary Approach

Nichols JA, Bose M, Jakkamsetti VP, Kilgard MP, Atzori M. (2007). Research Signpost

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase, Pyruvate Carboxylase,Krebs Cycle and Mitochondrial Transport Disorders. In Rosenberg's Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease, 6th Edition, Volume 1

Jakkamsetti V, Marin-Valencia I, Ma Q, Pascual JM (2020). Elsevier

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2022)
  • American Medical Association (2022)
  • Association of Physicians of Gujarat (2002)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2004)