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Shalini Narayana. PhD

Associate Professor

Division of Clinical Neurosciences
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
UTHSC College of Medicine

Neuroscience Institute
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
51 North Dunlap St.
Outpatient Center - Suite 320
Memphis, TN 38105
Tel: 901.287.4616
Email: Shalini Narayana


  • PhD University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Radiation biology
  • Post-doctoral training: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, Research Imaging Institute


Research Interests

My research is centered on two main areas: 1. Optimizing the clinical application of non-invasive brain imaging and stimulation methods in diagnostic and therapeutic domains, and 2. Characterizing functional characterization of the speech and limb motor networks and disease, injury, and treatment induced plasticity in these systems. These research objectives are focused around human speech and motor systems and use multimodal neurophysiological imaging methods. The neuroimaging methods used include magnetoencephalography (MEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Ongoing research projects include examining the therapeutic effects of TMS in speech and voice disorders in Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. Other studies include developing population normative data of TMS derived neurophysiological parameters and optimizing non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging in the context of presurgical mapping.

The lab is also investigating functional connectivity of speech and limb motor systems. Studies are also characterizing changes in the speech motor system resulting from Parkinson's disease and the compensatory adaptations in the network following voice treatment as well as identifying neurophysiological correlates of performance enhancement resulting from motor training and adjuvant TMS.

Representative Publications

  • Narayana S, Embury LM, Shah N, Weatherspoon S, Choudhri AF, Boop FA. Noninvasive Localization of Language Cortex in an Awake 4-Year-Old Child with Rasmussen Encephalitis: A Case Report. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2019 Jul 25. pii: opz202. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz202. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31342072.
  • Narayana S, Charles C, Collins K, Tsao JW, Stanfill AG, Baughman B. Neuroimaging and Neuropsychological Studies in Sports-Related Concussions in Adolescents: Current State and Future Directions. Front Neurol. 2019 May 24;10:538. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00538. eCollection 2019. Review. PubMed PMID: 31178818; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6542940.
  • Babajani-Feremi A, Holder CM, Narayana S, Fulton SP, Choudhri AF, Boop FA, Wheless JW. Predicting postoperative language outcome using presurgical fMRI, MEG, TMS, and high gamma ECoG. Clin Neurophysiol. 2018 Mar;129(3):560-571. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2017.12.031. Epub 2018 Jan 4. PubMed PMID: 29414401.
  • Narayana S, Mudigoudar B, Babajani-Feremi A, Choudhri AF, Boop FA. Successful motor mapping with transcranial magnetic stimulation in an infant: A case report. Neurology. 2017 Nov 14;89(20):2115-2117. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004650. Epub 2017 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 29021352.
  • Papanicolaou AC, Rezaie R, Narayana S, Choudhri AF, Abbas-Babajani-Feremi, Boop FA, Wheless JW. On the relative merits of invasive and non-invasive pre-surgical brain mapping: New tools in ablative epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy Res. 2018 May;142:153-155. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2017.07.002. Epub 2017 Jul 3. Review. PubMed PMID: 28716297.
  • Papanicolaou AC, Kilintari M, Rezaie R, Narayana S, Babajani-Feremi A. The Role of the Primary Sensory Cortices in Early Language Processing. J Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Oct;29(10):1755-1765. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01147. Epub 2017 May 30. PubMed PMID: 28557692.

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May 26, 2022