Vikram Jakkamsetti is an Instructor in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He works in Dr. Juan Pascual’s lab with a primary goal of exploring the mechanistic link between energy metabolism and neuronal electrophysiology, to provide insights relevant for 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 basis of mutations impacting rodent behavior.

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

For postdoctoral training, he worked first at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dr. Kimberly Huber’s Lab studying how a brief novel experience primes activated 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

Altered cerebellar connectivity in autism and cerebellar-mediated rescue of autism-related behaviors in mice.
Stoodley CJ, D'Mello AM, Ellegood J, Jakkamsetti V, Liu P, Nebel MB, Gibson JM, Kelly E, Meng F, Cano CA, Pascual JM, Mostofsky SH, Lerch JP, Tsai PT Nat. Neurosci. 2017 Dec 20 12 1744-1751
Oxidation of [U-(13) C]glucose in the human brain at 7T under steady state conditions.
Cheshkov S, Dimitrov IE, Jakkamsetti V, Good L, Kelly D, Rajasekaran K, DeBerardinis RJ, Pascual JM, Sherry AD, Malloy CR Magn Reson Med 2017 Jan
Different timescales for the neural coding of consonant and vowel sounds.
Perez CA, Engineer CT, Jakkamsetti V, Carraway RS, Perry MS, Kilgard MP Cereb. Cortex 2013 Mar 23 3 670-83
Inverted-U function relating cortical plasticity and task difficulty.
Engineer ND, Engineer CT, Reed AC, Pandya PK, Jakkamsetti V, Moucha R, Kilgard MP Neuroscience 2012 Mar 205 81-90
Reorganization in processing of spectral and temporal input in the rat posterior auditory field induced by environmental enrichment.
Jakkamsetti V, Chang KQ, Kilgard MP J. Neurophysiol. 2012 Mar 107 5 1457-75
Cortical map plasticity improves learning but is not necessary for improved performance.
Reed A, Riley J, Carraway R, Carrasco A, Perez C, Jakkamsetti V, Kilgard MP Neuron 2011 Apr 70 1 121-31
Effect of the environment on the dendritic morphology of the rat auditory cortex.
Bose M, Muñoz-Llancao P, Roychowdhury S, Nichols JA, Jakkamsetti V, Porter B, Byrapureddy R, Salgado H, Kilgard MP, Aboitiz F, Dagnino-Subiabre A, Atzori M Synapse 2010 Feb 64 2 97-110
Cortical activity patterns predict speech discrimination ability.
Engineer CT, Perez CA, Chen YH, Carraway RS, Reed AC, Shetake JA, Jakkamsetti V, Chang KQ, Kilgard MP Nat. Neurosci. 2008 May 11 5 603-8


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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society for Neuroscience (2004)
  • Association of Physicians of Gujarat (2002)