Divya Sitaraman PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Departments & Organizations

Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Learning, memory, sleep, circadian rhythms, biogenic amines, electrophysiology, behavior, neurogenetics, Drosophila, neural circuits 


  • B.S., University of Delhi, 2001
  • M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2010

Selected Publications

  • 4) Divya Sitaraman, Melissa Zars, Holly LaFerriere, Yin-Chieh Chen, Alex Sable- Smith, Toshihiro Kitamoto, George E. Rottinghaus, and Troy Zars (2008). Serotonin is necessary for place memory in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., Vol. 105, 5579-5584.
  • 2) Divya Sitaraman and Troy Zars (2010) Lack of prediction for high-temperature exposures enhances Drosophila place learning. Journal of experimental Biology Vol. 213(Pt 23): 4018-22. Shortlisted in top 7 for “2010 outstanding paper of the year” award. Featured in Inside JEB with a news and views section
  • 6) Divya Sitaraman, Melissa Zars and Troy Zars (2007). Reinforcement pre-exposure enhances spatial memory formation in Drosophila. J Comp Physiol A, Vol. 193, 903-908


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