Publications
Refereed research articles
Sangha S (2015). Plasticity of fear and safety neurons of the amygdala in response to fear extinction. Front Behav Neurosci, 9: 354.


Sangha S*, Greba Q, Robinson PD, Ballendine SA, Howland JG* (2014). Heightened fear in response to a safety cue and extinguished fear cue in a rat model of maternal immune activation. Front Behav Neurosci, 8: 168. *corresponding authors

Sangha S*, Robinson PD, Davies DA, Greba Q, Howland JG* (2014). Alterations in reward, fear and safety cue discrimination after inactivation of the prelimbic and infralimbic cortices. Neuropsychopharm, 39:2405-2413. *corresponding authors

Sangha S*, Chadick JZ, Janak PH* (2013). Safety encoding in the basal amygdala. J Neurosci, 33: 3744-3751. *corresponding authors

Sangha S*, Ilenseer J, Sosulina L, Lesting J, Pape H-C (2012). Differential regulation of glutamic acid decarboxylase gene expression after extinction of a recent memory versus intermediate memory. Learn Mem, 19:194-200. *corresponding author

Lesting J, Narayanan RT, Seidenbecher T, Kluge C, Sangha S, Pape H-C (2011). Patterns of coupled theta activity in amygdala-hippocampal-prefrontal cortical circuits during fear extinction. PLoS One, 6: e21714.

Sangha S, Narayanan RT, Bergado-Acosta JR, Stork O, Seidenbecher T, Pape H-C (2009). Deficiency of the 65-kDa isoform of glutamic acid decarboxylase impairs extinction of cued but not contextual fear memory. J Neurosci, 29: 15713-15720.

Jüngling K, Seidenbecher T, Sosulina L, Lesting J, Sangha S, Clark SD, Okamura N, Duangdao DM, Xu Y-L, Reinscheid RK, Pape H-C (2008). Neuropeptide S: reduced expression and facilitated extinction of fear through control of intercalated GABAergic neurons in the amygdala. Neuron, 59: 298-310. 

Bergado-Acosta JR, Sangha S, Narayanan RT, Obata K, Pape H-C, Stork O (2008). Critical role of the 65kD isoform of glutamic acid decarboxylase in consolidation and generalization of Pavlovian fear memory. Learn Mem, 15:163-171.

Narayanan RT, Seidenbecher T, Sangha S, Stork O, Pape H-C (2007). Theta re-synchronization during reconsolidation of remote contextual fear memory. Neuroreport, 18(11):1107-11.

Rose JK#, Sangha S#, Rai S#, Norman KR, Rankin CH (2005). Decreased sensory stimulation reduces behavioral responding, retards development and alters neuronal connectivity in Caenorhabditis elegansJ Neurosci, 25(31): 7159-7168. # contributed equally

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Martens K, Varshney N, Cooke R, Lukowiak K (2005). Impairing forgetting by preventing new learning and memory. Behav Neurosci, 119(3): 787-796.

Parvez K, Stewart O, Sangha S, Lukowiak K (2005). Boosting intermediate-term into long-term memory. J Exp Biol, 208: 1525-1536.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Morrow R, Lukowiak K (2003). Extinction requires new RNA and protein synthesis and the soma of the cell RPeD1 in Lymnaea stagnalis.  J Neurosci, 23(30): 9842-9851.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Lukowiak K (2003). Reconsolidation of a long-term memory in Lymnaea requires new protein and RNA synthesis and the soma of RPeD1.  J Neurosci, 23(22): 8034-8040.

Sangha S, Morrow R, Smyth K, Cooke R, Lukowiak K (2003). Cooling blocks ITM and LTM formation and preserves memory. Neurobiol Learn Mem 80, 130-139.

Sangha S#, McComb C#, Lukowiak K (2003).  Forgetting and the extension of memory in Lymnaea. J Exp Biol 206, 71-77. # contributed equally

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, McComb C, Lukowiak K (2003).  Intermediate and long-term memories of associative learning are differentially affected by transcription vs. translation blockers in Lymnaea. J Exp Biol 206(10), 1605-1613.

Lukowiak K, Haque Z, Spencer G, Varshay N, Sangha S, Syed N (2003). Long-term memory survives nerve injury and the subsequent regeneration process. Learn Mem 10(1), 44-54.

McComb C#, Sangha S#, Quadry S, Yue J, Scheibenstock A, Lukowiak K (2002). Context extinction and concurrent context associative learning in Lymnaea. Neurobiol Learn Mem 78, 23-34. # contributed equally

Sangha S#, McComb C#, Scheibenstock A, Johannes C, Lukowiak K (2002).  The effects of continuous vs. partial reinforcement schedules on associative learning, memory and extinction in Lymnaea. J Exp Biol 205(8), 1171-1178. # contributed equally

Smyth K, Sangha S, Lukowiak K (2002).  Gone but not forgotten: The lingering effects of intermediate term memory on the persistence of LTM. J Exp Biol 205(1), 131-140.  

Reviews/Commentaries
Christianson JP, Fernando ABP, Kazama AM, Jovanovic T, Ostroff LE, Sangha S (2012). Inhibition of fear by learned safety signals:   minisymposium review. J Neurosci, 32(41): 14118-14124.

Sangha S (2007). Erasing Memories. J Exp Biol 210(23): v-a.

Sangha S (2007). Neurons vie for Recruitment. J Exp Biol 210(17): v

Sangha S (2007). Keeping the Memory Alive. J Exp Biol 210(11): vii.

Sangha S (2007). Unlocking Learning. J Exp Biol 210(3): v.

Sangha S (2006). I Feel Your Pain. J Exp Biol 209(21): iv.

Sangha S (2006). Hopping for Wheaties. J Exp Biol 209(15): vi.

Sangha S (2006). First and only love. J Exp Biol 209(9): v-a.

Sangha S (2006). Less studying, better memory? J Exp Biol 209(3): vii.

Lukowiak K, Martens K, Orr M, Parvez K, Rosenegger D, Sangha S (2006). Modulation of aerial respiratory behaviour in a pond snail. Respir Physiol Neurobiol, 154(1-2): 61-72.

Sangha S (2005). Moving without dopamine. J Exp Biol 208 (21), v.

Sangha S (2005). Pass the remote please. J Exp Biol 208(15), v.

Sangha S (2005). The synapse that lost the battle. J Exp Biol 208(8), vi.

Sangha S (2005). Competing memories. J Exp Biol 208(3), vi.

Sangha S, Varshney N, Fras M, Smyth K, Rosenegger D, Parvez K, Sadamoto H, Lukowiak K (2004).  Memory, reconsolidation and extinction in Lymnaea require the soma of RPeD1. Adv Exp Med Biol, 551:311-8.

Lukowiak K, Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Parvez K, McComb C, Rosenegger D, Varshney N, Sadamoto H (2003). Molluskan model systems: In search for the engram. J Physiol Paris, 97:69-76.

Lukowiak K, Sangha S, McComb C, Varshney N, Rosenegger D, Sadamoto H, Scheibenstock A (2003).  Associative learning, long-term memory and the assignment of marks in the pond snail Lymnaea.  J Exp Biol 206, 2097-2103.

Conference Abstracts (*Invited Conference Talk)
Ng K, Pollock M, Urbanczyk P, Woon E, Greiner E, Sangha S (2016). Differential effects of D1-mediated dopamine signaling in the amygdala on fear, safety, reward cue discrimination learning. Society for Neuroscience.


Ng K, Pollock M, Urbanczyk P, Woon E, Sangha S (2016). D1 receptor mediated signaling in the basolateral amygdala modulates safety-fear-reward cue discrimination. Pavlovian Society.


Woon E, Urbanczyk P, Pollock M, Ng K, Sangha S (2016). Prior trauma impairs safety-fear-reward cue discrimination. Pavlovian Society.


*Sangha S (2016). Role of the prefrontal cortex in discriminating among fear, safety and extinguished fear cues. FENS Forum 2016.


Sangha S, Ng K, Pollock M, Urbanczyk P (2016). Role of dopamine in learning to discriminate among safety, fear and reward cues. FENS Forum 2016.


Sangha S (2015).  Amygdalocortical circuitry contributes to discriminative reward, fear and safety learning. Pavlovian Society.

*Sangha S (2015).  Amygdalocortical circuitry contributes to discriminative reward, fear and safety learning. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.

Sangha S, Robinson PD, Greba Q, Davies DA, Howland JG (2014). Alterations in reward, fear and safety cue discrimination after inactivation of the rat prelimbic and infralimbic cortices. European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society.

Sangha S, Ballendine SA, Robinson PD, Howland JG (2013). Safety learning in an animal model of schizophrenia. Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Robinson PD, Davies DA, Greba Q, Howland JG (2013). Poor discrimination among reward, fear and safety cues during inactivation of prelimbic cortex in rats. Pavlovian Society.

*Sangha S, Janak, PH (2012). Neurons in the amygdala are responsive to safety cues. Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Janak, PH (2011). Suppressing fear through conditioned inhibition. Gordon Research Conference: Amygdala in health and disease.

Sangha S, Janak PH (2010). A new paradigm to investigate reward, fear and safety learning. Pavlovian Society.

*Sangha S, Pape H-C (2010). The role of GAD65 in extinguishing fear. Pavlovian Society.

Pape H-C, Narayanan RT, Lesting J, Stork O, Seidenbecher T, Kluge C, Sangha S (2009). Distinctive patterns of theta synchronization in amygdalo-hippocampal-prefrontal cortical circuits during fear memory consolidation and extinction. Society for Neuroscience.

*Sangha S, Narayanan RT, Bergado-Acosta J, Stork O, Seidenbecher T, Pape H-C (2009). GAD65-mediated GABAergic transmission is important for extinction of cued fear. Gordon Research Conference: Amygdala in health and disease.

Sangha S, Seidenbecher T, Pape H-C (2008). Impairment of fear extinction in GAD65 knock-out mice. Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Pape H-C (2008). Impairment of fear extinction in the GAD65 knock-out mouse. Human Frontier Science Program 8th Annual Awardees Meeting.

Sangha S, Pape H-C (2008). Expression of GABA-related genes in the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex after extinction of fear. Second Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Bergado J, Stork O, Seidenbecher T, Pape H-C (2007). Impairment of fear extinction in the GAD65 knock-out mouse.  The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 34(Suppl. 3): S17.

*Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, McComb C, Varshney N, Lukowiak K (2005).  Memory formation in a snail is dependent upon one specific cell. 7th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society.

*Sangha S, Varshney N, Lukowiak K (2004). Well-rehearsed memories are more resistant to disruption. 10th Anniversary Meeting of Workshop of Invertebrate Neuroscience.

*Sangha S, Lukowiak K (2004). Memory stabilization after repeated memory reactivation. West Coast Nerve Net.

*Sangha S, Lukowiak K (2004). Memory becomes resistant to disruption upon repeated reactivation. Alberta Neuroscience Meeting.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, McComb C, Lukowiak K (2003). Consolidation, reconsolidation, and extinction of a memory requires the soma of RPeD1 in Lymnaea.  Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Morrow R, Lukowiak K (2003).  Extinction: Covering up old memories.  2003 Meeting on Learning and Memory.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Lukowiak K (2002).  The Role of RPeD1 in Learning, Memory, Extinction and Forgetting.  Alberta Neuroscience Meeting.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, McComb C, Lukowiak K (2002). Deactivating Active Memories.  Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Lukowiak K (2001).  Forgetting is learning something new.  Society for Neuroscience.

Sangha S, Scheibenstock A, Lukowiak K (2001).  Extinction as a form of learning.  2001 Meeting on Learning and Memory. 

Rankin C, Rose J, Sangha S (2001).  Activity dependent plasticity during development in C. elegans.  2001 Meeting on Learning and Memory.

Rankin C, Sangha S, Rose J, Norman K (2001).  Early isolation alters behavior, rate of development and neuroanatomy in C. elegans.  International Congress of Neuroethology.

Rankin C, Sangha S, Eng K (2000).  The effect of sensory deprivation on the development of C. elegans.  Society for Neuroscience.

Rankin C, Sangha S (1999).  Latent inhibition and extinction in context conditioning in habituation in C. elegans.  Society for Neuroscience.  

curriculum vitae

Susan Sangha, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University
703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN, USA 47907-2081
Tel: 765-494-0648      E-mail: sangha@purdue.edu

Salary Fellowships
2005-2008      Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship (International)
2005               Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (Germany)
2004               Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-Postdoctoral Fellowship
2004               Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral Award
2002-2004      Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-Postgraduate Scholarship B
2002               University of Calgary's Faculty of Graduate Studies Award (Canada)
2002               University of Calgary's Graduate Assistantship (Teaching) (Canada)
2001               Alberta Heritage Masters Scholarship (Canada)
2001               University of Calgary's Graduate Research Scholarship (Canada)

Career Experience
2014               Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
                       Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

2013               University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
                       Research Scientist, Physiology; Laboratory of Dr. John Howland
                       Project 1: Safety learning in an animal model of schizophrenia
                       Project 2: Neural circuitry of safety learning

2009-2012      Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, University of California at San Francisco
                       Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology; Laboratory of Dr. Patricia Janak
                       Project title: Safety encoding in the basal amygdala

2005-2009      Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet Muenster, Germany (10/2005-04/2009)
                       Otto-von-Guericke Universitaet, Magdeburg, Germany (01/2005-09/2005)

                              Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurophysiology; Laboratory of Dr. Hans-Christian Pape

                       Project title: Molecular mechanisms in the extinction of fear memories


2004-2007      News and Views writer, Journal of Experimental Biology
                       Neurophysiology/Neuroethology; Editor: Dr. Kathryn Phillips

1998-2000      University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
                       Laboratory technician, Psychology, Laboratory of Dr. Catharine Rankin

Education

2000-2005      Doctorate (Neuroscience), Dept of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Calgary, Canada
                       Laboratory of Dr. Ken Lukowiak

                       Thesis title: Consolidation, Reconsolidation, Extinction and Forgetting in Lymnaea stagnalis 

 

1994-1998      Bachelor of Science, Dept of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience

making memories since 2014

Sangha Lab 

Awards & Honors
2015               Invited participation in the 5th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum,

                       ‘Frontiers in Neuroscience: Multi-scale Analysis of the Nervous System – From Molecules to  Circuits’

2007               Invited participation in the 57th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany
2006               Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Brain Star Award, for J Neurosci, 25(31), 7159-7168
2005               University of Calgary's Chancellor's Graduate Medal - Doctoral Level
2005               Finalist, Lindsley Prize for most outstanding dissertation in Behavioral Neuroscience
2004               Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Brain Star Award, for J Neurosci, 23(30), 9842-9851
2004               University of Calgary's Dean's Research Excellence Award
2003               SfN Chapters/Eli Lilly Graduate Student Travel Award
2003               University of Calgary's Graduate Travel Award
2003               University of Calgary's Dean's Research Excellence Award
2002               Company of Biologists’ Travel Fellowship
2002               University of Calgary's Dean's Research Excellence Award
2001               University of Calgary's Dr. Keith Cooper Award