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Diwakar Turaga, MD PhD

Clinical Instructor, CCM
Fellow Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Admin Assistant: Kathy Russo

Dr. Turaga is a physician-scientist with clinical training in pediatric cardiology and research training in neuroscience and microscopy. He graduated with a combined MD/PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, where his graduate research involved development of a high speed microscopy technique called light sheet microscopy. After completing his residency in pediatrics, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and received the Eli and Edythe Broad Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Fellowship grant to study stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes. Currently, he is a fellow / clinical instructor in pediatric cardiac critical care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Education and Training                   Degree         Year         Field

Post Graduate Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst                    BS                       2004                Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Physics
Washington University School of Medicine           MD                        2012    
Washington University School of Medicine           PhD                       2012               Neuroscience
St. Louis Children’s Hospital                                 Resident                2015               Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco                 Fellow                   2018                Pediatric Cardiology
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh               Fellow                   Current             Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care


Medical Scientist Training Program (2004-2012)
21st Century Leaders Award, UMass-Amherst (2004)

Ongoing Research

Structure-Function Analysis of Stem-Cell derived Cardiac Microtissue using Light Sheet Microscopy

Completed Research

Development of Light Sheet Microscopy to image activity of neuronal populations
Studying the diversity of sensory coding in pheromone sensing organ in mammals


  1. Hammen GF, Turaga D and Holy TE, Meeks JP, “Functional glomerular maps of the accessory olfactory bulb reveal a regionally homophylic, locally heterophylic organization.” Nature Neuroscience 17(7): 953(2014).
  2. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Aberrations and their correction in light-sheet microscopy: a low-dimensional parameterization.” Biomed Opt Express 4(9):1654 (2013).
  3. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Organization of vomeronasal sensory coding revealed by fast volumetric calcium imaging.” Journal of Neuroscience 32:1612 (2012).
  4. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Image-based calibration of a deformable mirror in wide-field microscopy.” Applied Optics 49:2030 (2010).
  5. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Miniaturization and defocus correction for objective-coupled planar illumination microscopy.” Optics Letters 33:2302 (2008).
  6. Holekamp TF, Turaga D and Holy TE, “Fast three-dimensional fluorescence imaging of activity in neural populations by objective-coupled planar illumination microscopy.” Neuron 57:661 (2008).

Selected Presentations at Meetings

  1. Matthys OB, Hookway TA, Turaga D, McDevitt TC, “Cardiac Fibroblasts Accelerate Maturation of Human iPSC-derived Cardiac Microtissues.” NSF Engineering Research Center for Cellular Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) Annual Retreat, 2018.
  2. Calvert ME, Turaga D, McDevitt TC, “Live-Cell Imaging of Calcium Dynamics and Contractility in Cultured 3D Cardiospheres by LSFM.” Focus On Microscopy, 2018.
  3. Turaga D, Xu PS and Holy TE, “Population level functional characterization of sulfated-steroid responsive vomeronasal sensory neurons.” Society for Neuroscience, 2010 Talk.
  4. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Fast neuronal imaging using objective coupled planar illumination microscopy.” The Second Light Sheet based Fluorescence Microscopy Workshop, 2010 Invited talk.
  5. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Deformable mirror calibration using phase diversity in a microscope setting.” HHMI conference - Novel Approaches to Bioimaging II, 2010.
  6. Turaga D and Holy TE, “Fast neuronal imaging using objective coupled planar illumination microscopy.” The First Light Sheet based Fluorescence Microscopy Workshop, 2009 Invited talk.