To cure dystonia in people with cerebral palsy 


To inspire, empower, and collaborate with scientists, clinicians, and the community to conduct multidisciplinary translational research on dystonia in cerebral palsy 


  • Elucidate dystonia pathophysiology in animal models of neonatal brain injury using in vivo electrophysiology, chronic and acute neural circuit manipulation using chemogenetics, and quantitative motor behavior characterization.  
  • Optimize dystonia prediction in people at risk for cerebral palsy using magnetic resonance imaging and epidemiological analyses 
  • Optimize dystonia diagnosis by changing the status quo of dystonia diagnosis from QUALITATIVE to QUANTITATIVE assessment using machine-learning assisted approaches in animal models of neonatal brain injury and in people with cerebral palsy 

About the lab: 

The Aravamuthan lab’s translational research spans animal and patient-based studies to better diagnose, predict, and understand the causes of dystonia following neonatal brain injury. Learn more about the people in the lab here.

We aim to create an EMPOWERING and INCLUSIVE lab environment. We are particularly interested in recruiting and supporting people from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. If you feel aligned with our vision and mission and would like to be a part of our lab, please contact us!  


Bhooma Aravamuthan MD, DPhil
Assistant Professor
Division of Child Neurology,
Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine