Curriculum Vitae

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NAME: Vikram Gadagkar

ADDRESS:
215 Tower Road
W117 Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

EMAIL: vg55@cornell.edu

TELEPHONE: +1-607-280-6632

WEB: www.nbb.cornell.edu/gadagkar

POSITION:
Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) Postdoctoral Fellow
Professor Jesse H. Goldberg Lab
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Visiting Scientist
Professor J. C. Séamus Davis Group
Department of Physics, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. (Physics) 2006-2013:
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Thesis: Origin of the Inertial Anomaly in Solid Helium-4: Dislocation Dynamics Versus Supersolidity

MS (Physics) 2002-2005:
(Graduated with highest GPA)
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560012, India

B.Sc. (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) 1999-2002:
(First Class, 2 gold medals)
St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, India

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND HONORS:

21. K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (NIH/NINDS) - 2017.
   
20. Organization of Computaional Neuroscience (OCNS) Award to attend the Methods in Computational Neuroscience course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole - 2017.
   
19. William Morton Wheeler Family Founders' Scholarship to attend the Methods in Computational Neuroscience course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole - 2017.
   
18. Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2016-.
   
17. Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE) Presenters Travel Award - 2015.
   
16. Douglas Fitchen Memorial Travel Award, Department of Physics, Cornell University - 2011.
   
15. International Conference in Low Temperature Physics (LT26) Travel Award - 2011.
   
14. Cornell University Graduate School Conference Award - 2011.
   
13. Cornell Graduate Fellowship, Department of Physics, Cornell University – 2006.
   
12. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in the National Eligibility Test (NET), Government of India - 2004.
   
11. Highest CGPA Award in MS (Physical Sciences), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 2002-2003.
   
10. Sri B. K. Srinivasa Iyengar Memorial Gold Medal in Mathematics and Chemistry, Bangalore University - 2002.
   
9. Shikshana Shilpi Shri P. Mallikarjunappa Memorial Gold Medal in Physical Chemistry, Bangalore University - 2002.
   
8. A. N. Sridhara Prize for the best all-around student in St. Joseph's College - 2001-2002.
   
7. The Physical Sciences Association Old Students' award for the most outstanding student of St. Joseph's College - 2001-2002.
   
6. Certificate of Excellence in Lecture Competitions, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, India - 2000.
   
5. Awarded prizes in 9 science presentation contests and 14 science quizzes at the intercollegiate level in Bangalore, India - 1999-2002.
   
4. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship, Government of India - 1999-2004.
   
3. The Principal's Prize for securing highest marks in first year B.Sc. University
Examination in St. Joseph's College, Bangalore - 1999-2000.
   
2. Special Prize for Academic Excellence in the All India Secondary School Examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education - 1996-97.
   
1. Award for the best all-around student in high school (KVIISc) - 1997.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

15. Dopamine Neurons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
    Vikram Gadagkar, P. A. Puzerey, R. Chen, E. Baird-Daniel, A. Farhang and J. H. Goldberg
    Science, 354, 1278-1282 (2016)
  This work has been featured in:
    Science Magazine Perspective, Simons Foundation Newsletter, CornellCast Video, Cornell Chronicle, The Scientist Magazine, Voice of America, Vice Magazine, Science Daily, Cosmos Magazine, Real Clear Life, Science News, Medium, My Science, Cornell Research, Journal of Experimental Biology
   
14. A Variability-Generating Circuit Goes Awry in a Songbird Model of the FOXP2 Speech Disorder
    Vikram Gadagkar and J. H. Goldberg
    Neuron (Preview) 80, 1341-1344 (2013)
   
13. Generalized Rotational Susceptibility Studies of Solid 4He
    Vikram Gadagkar, E. Pratt, B. Hunt, M. Yamashita, M. J. Graf, A. V. Balatsky, and J. C. Davis
    Journal of Low Temperature Physics 169, 180-196 (2012)
   
12. Interplay of Rotational, Relaxational, and Shear Dynamics of Solid 4He
    E. Pratt, B. Hunt, Vikram Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, M. J. Graf, A. V. Balatsky, and J. C. Davis
    Science 332, 821-824 (2011)
  This work has been featured in:
    Nature News Blog, The Kavli Foundation, Los Alamos News, AAAS EurekAlert, Science Daily, Space Daily, Phys.org
   
11. Evidence for a Superglass State in Solid 4He
    B. Hunt, E. Pratt, Vikram Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, A. V. Balatsky, and J. C. Davis
    Science 324, 632-636 (2009)
  This work has been featured in:
    Science Perspective, Cornell Chronicle, Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics, Physics World, Physics Today, Questia, Nanowerk
   
10. Irreversible pressure-induced transformation of boron nitride nanotubes
    S. Saha, Vikram Gadagkar, P. K. Maiti, D. V. S. Muthu, D. Golberg, C. Tang, C. Zhi, Y. Bando, and A. K. Sood
    Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7(6), 1810-1814 (2007)
   
9. Double-walled carbon nanotubes under hydrostatic pressure: Raman experiments and simulations
    Vikram Gadagkar, S. Saha, D. V. S. Muthu, P. K. Maiti, Y. Lansac, A. Jagota, A. Moravsky, R. O. Loutfy, and A. K. Sood
    Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7(6), 1753-1759 (2007)
   
8. Collapse of double-walled carbon nanotube bundles under hydrostatic pressure
    Vikram Gadagkar, P. K. Maiti, Y. Lansac, A. Jagota, and A. K. Sood
    Physical Review B 73, 085402 (2006)
   
7. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of double-walled carbon nanotubes
    Vikram Gadagkar, S. Saha, D. V. S. Muthu, P. Ramesh, H. Shinohara, R. O. Loutfy, and A. K. Sood
    Proceedings of the 50th Department of Atomic Energy - Solid State Physics Symposium (2005)
   
6. Strains induced in carbon nanotubes due to the presence of ions: ab-initio restricted Hartree-Fock calculations
    S. Ghosh, Vikram Gadagkar, and A. K. Sood
    Chemical Physics Letters 406, 10-14 (2005)
   
5. Faster development does not lead to correlated evolution of greater pre-adult competitive ability in Drosophila melanogaster
    M. Shakarad, N. G. Prasad, K. Gokhale, Vikram Gadagkar, M. Rajamani, and A. Joshi.
    Biology Letters 1, 91-94 (2005)
   
4. Communal courtship (?) in the Yellow Wattled Lapwing
    Vikram Gadagkar, L. Shyamal, N. V. Arakeri, M. Ramakrishnan, A. Kumar, and G. A. Uday Raghavan
    Newsletter for Birdwatchers 39(4), 66-67 (1999)
   
3. Little Grebe or Dabchick - a new sighting in the Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore
    Vikram Gadagkar, L. Shyamal, N. V. Arakeri, M. Ramakrishnan, and A. Lahiri
    Newsletter for Birdwatchers 39(4), 67 (1999)
   
2. Blue-throated Flycatcher, Indian Great Reed Warbler, Common Rosefinch and Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker - four new species in the Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore
    Vikram Gadagkar, L. Shyamal, M. Ramakrishnan, N. V. Arakeri, S. Venkatesh, A. Lahiri, and A. Hariharan
    Newsletter for Birdwatchers 35(4), 69-70 (1995)
   
1. White-Browed Bulbul - A new sighting in the Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore
    Vikram Gadagkar, N. V. Arakeri, and M. Ramakrishnan
    Newsletter for Birdwatchers 34(4), 96 (1994)

 

ARTICLES FOR A WIDER AUDIENCE:

1. How practice makes perfect: dopamine clues from a songbird
    Vikram Gadagkar
    Simons Foundation Newsletter

 

INVITED TALKS:

28. Dopamine Neurons Encode Performance Quality Relative to Recent Practice in Singing Birds
  Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) NY-Area Postdoc Meeting, New York, USA.
  April 2017
   
27. Dopamine Neruons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
  SPiNES: Seminars from Post-docs in Neuroscience: Extramural Series, New York University, New York, USA.
  January 2017
   
26. Dopamine Neruons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
  Birdsong 6 - Integrating neural, social, and evolutionary influences on communication, San Diego, USA.
  November 2016
   
25. Dopamine Neruons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
  University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
  November 2016
   
24. Dopamine Neruons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
  Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) Annual Meeting, New York, USA.
  September 2016
   
23. How Does Practice Make You Perfect? Clues from a Songbird
  Cornell Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience (CUSN), Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.
  February 2016
   
22. Dopamine Neurons Encode Performance Error in Singing Birds
  Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, Princeton, USA.
  November 2015
   
21. How is Trial and Error Learning Implemented in the Brain?
  J. C. Séamus Davis Group Meeting, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.
  October 2015
   
20. If Zebra Finches Learn Their Song Through Trial and Error, Where is the Error Signal?
  Centre de Neurophysique, Physiologie et Pathologie, University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France
  2014
   
19. If Zebra Finches Learn Their Song Through Trial and Error, Where is the Error Signal?
  Institute of Neuroinformatics, Univesity of Zurich/ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  2014
   
18. If Zebra Finches Learn Their Song Through Trial and Error, Where is the Error Signal?
  Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  2014
 
17. Neural Mechanisms of Trial and Error Learning
  Biomedical Engineering Society Retreat, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  2014
   
16. How Practice Makes You Perfect: Reverse Engineering the Zebra Finch Song Circuit
  Cornell Electron Devices Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  2013
   
15. In Search of 'Actor' and 'Critic' Neurons in the Zebra Finch Song Circuit
  National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
  2013
   
14. How does Practice Make you Perfect? Insights from the Songbird Brain
  St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, India
  2013
   
13. Supersolid or a Network of Defects? The Tortuous Story of Solid Helium
  Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2013
   
12. In Search of 'Actor' and 'Critic' Neurons in the Zebra Finch Song Circuit
  Center for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2013
   
11. Supersolid or a Network of Defects? The Tortuous Story of Solid Helium
  Cornell Electron Devices Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  2013
   
10. ‘Supersolid’ He-4: A New State of Matter?
  Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
  2009
   
9. ‘Supersolid’ He-4: A New State of Matter?
  Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2009
   
8. Evidence for a superglass state in solid He-4
  Pizza Talk Summer Series, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  July 2009
   
7. ‘Supersolid’ He-4: A New State of Matter?
  Cornell Electron Devices Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  December 2008
   
6. Collapse of double-walled carbon nanotube bundles under hydrostatic pressure
  Pizza Talk Summer Series, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  June 2008
   
5. Collapse of double-walled carbon nanotube bundles under hydrostatic pressure
  Paul McEuen Group Meeting, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  January 2007
   
4. Fractals - Truth and Beauty
  As part of the guest lecture series on “Special aspects of Classical Mechanics” organized by the Department of Physics, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  November 2004
   
3. Natural Selection
  Kendriya Vidyalaya, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2001
   
2. Evolution by Natural Selection - Darwin and Beyond
  Bharathi Junior College, Mandya, India
  1998
   
1. Evolution by Natural Selection - Darwin and Beyond
  Kendriya Vidyalaya, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  1997

 

CONTRIBUTED PRESENTATIONS:

9. Dopamine neurons encode performance quality relative to recent practice in singing birds (talk)
  Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Student Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.
  December 2016
   
8. Dopamine neurons encode performance error in singing birds (poster)
  SfN 2016: Society for Neuroscience Meeting, San Diego, USA.
  November 2016
   
7. Dopamine neurons encode performance error in singing birds (talk)
  Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Student Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  December 2015
   
6. Zebra finch ventral tegmental area neurons encode song prediction error (talk)
  COSYNE 2015 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience, Salt Lake City, USA
  March 2015
   
5. If Zebra Finches Learn Their Song Through Trial and Error, Where is the Error Signal? (talk)
  Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  2014
   
4. In Search of 'Actor' and 'Critic' Neurons in the Zebra Finch Song Circuit (talk)
  Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  2013
   
3. Interplay of rotational, relaxational, and shear dynamics of solid 4He (poster)
  LT26: International Conference on Low-Temperature Physics, Beijing, China
  August 2011
   
2. Unifying the rotational, relaxational, and shear dynamics of solid 4He (poster)
  QFS2010: International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids, Grenoble, France
  August 2010
   
1. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of double-walled carbon nanotubes (poster)
  50th Department of Atomic Energy Solid State Physics Symposium, Mumbai, India
  2005


WORKSHOPS AND SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED IN (excluding ones at which I presented):

6. Methods in Computational Neuroscience, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA.
  July-August 2017
   
5. Kodai Summer School in Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics and Non-Linear Dynamics organized by Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore
  June 2003
   
4. 100 hour workshop in Space Sciences conducted by St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  2002
   
3. 100 hour workshop in Reaction Mechanisms conducted by St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  2001
   
2. 100 hour workshop in Spectroscopy conducted by St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  2000
   
1. 100 hour workshop on Human Resource Development conducted by St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  2000

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

5. Review panelist for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (2016)
   
4. Reviewed honors thesis for Biological Sciences Honors Program, Cornell University (2015 and 2016)
   
3. Reviewed grant proposals for Sigma Xi Cornell University Chapter (2015 and 2016)
   
2. Co-organized a NeuroDinner event for the Program in Neuroscience, Cornell University (August 2014)
   
1. Colloquium committee: Department of Physics, Cornell University (2008)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Courses:

6. BIONB 2220 - Introduction to Neuroscience (Spring 2016), Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (Guest Lecture on Basal Ganglia and Reinforcement Learning).
   
5. PHYS 1101 – General Physics I (Fall 2012), Department of Physics, Cornell University (Teaching Assistant).
   
4. PHYS 1117 - Concepts of Modern Physics (Fall 2008), Department of Physics, Cornell University (Grader).
   
3. PHYS 208 – Fundamentals of Physics II (Spring 2008), Department of Physics, Cornell University (Teaching Assistant).
   
2. PHYS 101/102 – General Physics I/II (Summer 2007), Department of Physics, Cornell University (Teaching Assistant).
   
1. PHYS 208 – Fundamentals of Physics II (Spring 2007), Department of Physics, Cornell University (Teaching Assistant).

 

Undergraduate Students Mentored:

6. Archana Podury, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (2016-present).
   
5. Alexander Farhang, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (2014-2015).
   
4. Eliza Baird-Daniel, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (2013-2015).
   
3. Praveen Narayanan, Department of Physics, Cornell University (2011).
   
2. Neal Harrington, Department of Physics, Cornell University (2011).
   
1. James McArdle, Department of Physics, Cornell University (2011).

 

OUTREACH:

10. Selected to speak at the inaugural SPARK talks - Scholars Present About Research and Knowledge, on How does practice make you perfect? Clues from a songbird, organized by Cornell University Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  October 2015
   
9. Co-organized a workshop Play or get played: game theoretic ideas in animal behavior for Expanding Your Horizons: Motivating Young Women in Science+Mathematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  April 2015
   
8. Co-organized a series of popular science lectures for students and the public through Looking Around: Students' Group for Interdisciplinary Interactions, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2005
   
7. Conducted a city wide science quiz for undergraduate students at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
  2004
   
6. Conducted a science quiz for students awarded the National Science Fellowship (KVPY) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  May 2004
   
5. Conducted a science quiz for students awarded the National Science Fellowship (KVPY) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  May 2003
   
4. Conducted the 13th annual Smt. Mrudula Vaidya City Wide Science Quiz for high school students at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  September 2002
   
3. Conducted the 12th annual Smt. Mrudula Vaidya City Wide Science Quiz for high school students at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  September 2001
   
2. Conducted the 11th annual Smt. Mrudula Vaidya City Wide Science Quiz for high school students at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  September 2000
   
1. Conducted the 10th annual Smt. Mrudula Vaidya City Wide Science Quiz for high school students at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  September 1999

 

REFERENCES:

Professor Jesse H. Goldberg
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Email: jessehgoldberg@gmail.com
Telephone: +1-607-254-4325
Web: www.nbb.cornell.edu/goldberg

Professor J. C. Séamus Davis
Department of Physics, Cornell University
Email: jcdavis@ccmr.cornell.edu
Telephone: +1-607-254-8965
Web: http://people.ccmr.cornell.edu/~jcdavis

Professor Joseph R. Fetcho
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Email: jfetcho@cornell.edu
Telephone: +1-607-254-4341
Web: http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/neurobio/Fetcho/index.htm

Professor Ronald R. Hoy
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Email: rrh3@cornell.edu
Telephone: +1-607-254-4318
Web: https://hoylab.wordpress.com/

Professor Carl D. Hopkins
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Email: cdh8@cornell.edu
Telephone: +1-607-255-2259
Web: http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/neurobio/hopkins/hopkins.html

Professor Jeevak Parpia
Department of Physics, Cornell University
Email: jmp9@ccmr.cornell.edu
Telephone: +1-607-255-6060
Web: http://parpia.lassp.cornell.edu/