Jitendra Sharma is a neuroscientist interested in how past experience influences short term learning in developing cortical networks, in the context of plasticity, attention, and the dynamics between top-down states and bottom-up inputs in mammalian systems. He specializes in high resolution imaging, multi-electrode physiology, and investigative genetic and behavioral techniques in higher order mammals, including representation of human brain disorders.
Jitendra is currently a Research Scientist at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a joint faculty position as an Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as a reviewing editor for Frontiers in Neuroscience, and is a member of the Faculty of 1000 in Neuroimaging as well as the Society for Neuroscience. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and presented numerous talks around the world, focusing on perceptual learning, cortical plasticity in spatial and temporal domains, perception in the primary visual cortex, and biomedical instrumentation for signal transduction and visualization (please see a full list under 'Pub').
He has also invented various low cost and energy efficient mechanical systems to improve the availability and quality of medical services especially in the developing world, including a thermoforming machine for duplication of Braille Text, a thermoelectric cooling device for carrying vaccines in rural areas, a foot controlled artificial arm prosthesis, and a transducer system for early diagnosis of anorectal dysfunction in babies (a more comprehensive list can be found under 'Tech').