My primary scientific research is my inspiration behind artistic expression of brain-science. Over last 17 years I have published research papers on ‘neuronal plasticity’ of brain with focus on emotional learning and memory. I have established neuronal hypertrophy in amygdala as one of the main substrates of anxiety in animals. Additionally, I have established that gene-therapy and environmental manipulations within amygdala can block stress-induced anxiety behavior. While carrying out scientific research, I have been exploring neuroscience through art-visions as well. I love to capture scientific thoughts in paints and sketches to make realistic sense of scientific research. Along with my artistic fulfilment, this also helps present neuroscience to common people/layman who may not be very well-versed in technicalities of scientific publications. My subjects of art work in relation to neuroscience primarily revolves around aesthetic story of an experiment that captures brain as a fundamental element of our natural environment.

Passionate about integrating art and science

Whenever I draw a brain-scape, in other words landscape within brain, i.e.,e neuronal interconnections, a beautiful landscape emerges. That landscape seem to change window to window with glimpse of external environment. How does that happen? This question fuels both my science and art.

I have been a neuroscientist for over two decades now. I focus on neurons of the brain, specifically those in the area of our emotions and fear, the amygdala. The central theme of my research is the impact of different environments on the brain, specifically on neurons of the amygdala and how the effect of environment on structure and function of neurons influence/correlates with ensuing fear-behavior, namely anxiety. This impact of our environment and our experience in our lifetime is artistically captured in my painting ‘In search of my neuronal history.’ I positioned an individual on the far-reaches of a neuronal tree, from where he looks beyond the horizon, in quest of his neuronal history and life’s very many experiences.



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