Pratik Mutha

Assistant Professor
Biological Engineering

Research Area: Sensorimotor Control & Learning, Cognitive / Executive Control, Movement Disorders, Brain Lateralization
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The broad aim of our research is to understand the principles and brain mechanisms that mediate the control of our actions, and to decipher how this control breaks down in case of damage to the brain. Our research informs the development and advancement of rehabilitation strategies that improve motor function after neurological damage. Our work thus contributes not just from a basic science perspective, but also from a translational standpoint.


Ph.D.:Pennsylvania State University, 2009
M.S.:Pennsylvania State University, 2004
B.E.:University of Pune, 2002


DST- Ramanujan Fellow (2013-2018)

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Nov 2013 to present)
Post Doctoral Fellow,New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Jan 2009 – Oct 2013)

Representative Publications


  • Mani S,Mutha PK, Przybyla A, Haaland KY, Good D, Sainburg RL. Contralesional arm deficits during reaching following stroke reflect hemisphere-specific control mechanisms. Brain, 136:1288-1303, 2013.
  • Mutha PK, Haaland KY, Sainburg RL. Rethinking motor lateralization: specialized but complementary mechanisms for motor control of each arm. PLoS One, 8:e58582, 2013.
  • Schaefer SY,Mutha PK, Haaland KY, Sainburg RL. Hemispheric specialization for movement control produces dissociable differences in online corrections. Cerebral Cortex, 22:1407-1419, 2012.
  • Mutha PK, Sainburg RL, Haaland KY. Critical neural substrates for correcting unexpected trajectory errors and learning from them. Brain, 134:3644-3658, 2011.
  • Mutha PK, Sainburg RL, Haaland KY. Left parietal regions are critical for adaptive visuomotor control. Journal of Neuroscience, 31:6972-6981, 2011.
  • Mutha PK, Sainburg RL, Haaland KY. Coordination deficits in ideomotor apraxia during visually-targeted reaching reflect impaired visuomotor transformations. Neuropsychologia, 48:3855-3867, 2010.
  • Mutha PK, Sainburg RL. Shared bimanual tasks elicit bimanual reflexes during movement. Journal of Neurophysiology, 102:3142-3155, 2009.