Pratik Mutha

Jibaben Patel Chair Associate Professor, Biological Engineering

Research Areas: Motor Control, Motor Learning, Brain Lateralization, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease
CoLA Lab


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

Professional and Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Feb 2019 to present)
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Nov 2013 to Feb 2019)
Post Doctoral Fellow, New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Jan 2009 – Oct 2013)

Research Work:


  • Kumar A, Panthi G, Divakar R, Mutha PK (2020). Mechanistic determinants of effector-independent motor memory encoding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117: 17338-17347.
  • Yadav G, Mutha PK (2020). Symmetric interlimb transfer of newly acquired motor skills. Journal of Neurophysiology, 124: 1364-1376.
  • Yadav G, Haaland KY, Mutha PK (2019). Laterality of damage influences the relationship between impairment and arm use after Stroke. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25:470-478.
  • Kumar N, Kumar A, Sonane B, Mutha PK (2018). Interference between competing motor memories developed through learning with different limbs. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120:1061-1073.
  • Mutha PK, Stapp LH, Sainburg RL, Haaland KY (2017). Motor adaptation deficits in ideomotor apraxia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23:139-149.

Grants and Awards:

DST- Ramanujan Fellow (2013-2018)