Sotiris C. Masmanidis Ph.d

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Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology

300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B119 
310-794-5625
| Masmanidis Lab

Education

  • B.S., Physics, University College London, 2001
  • M.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2003
  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2007
  • Senior Research Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 2006-2012

 Awards and Recognitions

  • Dorothy and Leonard Strauss Scholar, 2012
  • Broad Fellowship in Brain Circuitry, 2006

Research Interests

  • Effects of addiction and depression on brain reward circuitry
  • Cell-to-cell signaling regime in the basal ganglia and limbic system
  • Adaptation to rewarding experiences and associated cues
 

Recent Papers

  1. Alivisatos A.P., Andrews A.M., Boyden E.S., Chun M., Church G.M., Deisseroth K., Donoghue J.P., Fraser S.E., Lippincott-Schwartz J., Looger L.L., Masmanidis S., McEuen P.L., Nurmikko A.V., Park H., Peterka D.S., Reid C., Roukes M.L., Scherer A., Schnitzer M., Sejnowski T.J., Shepard K.L., Tsao D., Turrigiano G., Weiss P.S., Xu C., Yuste R., Zhuang X. “Nanotools for neuroscience and brain activity mapping.” ACS Nano. 2013 Mar 26;7(3):1850-66.
  2. Scott K.M., Du J., Lester H.A., Masmanidis S.C. “Variability of acute extracellular action potential measurements with multisite silicon probes.” J Neurosci Methods. 2012 Oct 15;211(1):22-30.
  3. Lee S.H., Kwan A.C., Zhang S., Phoumthipphavong V., Flannery J.G., Masmanidis S.C., Taniguchi H., Huang Z.J., Zhang F., Boyden E.S., Deisseroth K., Dan Y. “Activation of specific interneurons improves V1 feature selectivity and visual perception.” Nature. 2012 Aug 16;488(7411):379-83.
  4. Karabalin R.B., Lifshitz R., Cross M.C., Matheny M.H., Masmanidis S.C., Roukes M.L. “Signal amplification by sensitive control of bifurcation topology.” Physical Review Letters. 2011;106: 094102.
  5. Du J., Blanche T.J., Harrison R.R., Lester H.A., Masmanidis S.C. “Multiplexed, high density electrophysiology with nanofabricated neural probes.” PLoS One. 2011;6(1):e26204.
  6. Sadek A.S., Karabalin R.B., Du J., Roukes M.L., Koch C., Masmanidis S.C. “Wiring nanoscale biosensors with piezoelectric nanomechanical resonators.” Nano Lett. 2010 May 12;10(5):1769-73.
  7. Karabalin R.B., Masmanidis S.C., Roukes M.L. “Efficient parametric amplification with high and very high frequency piezoelectric nanoelectromechanical systems.” Applied Physics Letters. 2010;97: 183101.
  8. Du J., Roukes M.L., Masmanidis S.C. “Dual-side and three-dimensional microelectrode arrays fabricated from ultra-thin silicon substrates.” J. Micromechanics & Microengineering, 19: 075008 (2009).
  9. Du J., Riedel-Kruse I.H., Nawroth J.C., Roukes M.L., Laurent G., Masmanidis S.C. “High-resolution three-dimensional extracellular recording of neuronal activity with microfabricated electrode arrays.” J Neurophysiol. 2009 Mar;101(3):1671-8.
  10. Masmanidis S.C., Karabalin R.B., De Vlaminck I., Borghs G., Freeman M.R., Roukes M.L. “Multifunctional nanomechanical systems via tunably coupled piezoelectric actuation.” Science. 2007 Aug 10;317(5839):780-3.