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Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Translational Research, Center for Neuroscience
Anushka Goonawardena, Ph.D., focuses on understanding high-frequency brain oscillations (i.e. gamma) during performance of cognitive (i.e. sustained attention and working memory) tasks. Currently, he is looking to develop a model to identify specific electroencephalogram (EEG) biomarkers that are associated with cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.
Prior to joining SRI, Goonawardena worked at Wake Forest University, NC as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Hampson, where he investigated the effects of ‘endocannabinoids’ on different memory processes and sleep in conjunction with in vivo electrophysiological recordings (i.e. single-unit/EEG).
Goonawardena received a B.Sc. in biomedical sciences in pharmacology and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.