Indira Raman completed a Ph.D in Neuroscience with Dr. Larry Trussell at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did postdoctoral training first with Dr. Craig Jahr at the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research and then with Dr. Bruce Bean at Harvard Medical School. In 1999, she began an independent position in the Department of Neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, where she has been ever since. She now holds the Bill and Gayle Cook Chair in Biological Sciences.
Over the past 17 years, she and her trainees have studied ion channel physiology and synaptic transmission in the cerebellum.
Their primary scientific contributions include discovering resurgent Na current and its molecular mechanism, finding the ionic basis of high-frequency firing of cerebellar cells, identifying specializations that minimize depression at corticonuclear synapses, discovering a novel form of long-term plasticity in the cerebellar nuclei, and proposing a role for Purkinje cell synchrony in cerebellar coding.