PI: Tanuj Gulati, PhD
I'm currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Neural Science and Medicine (and the departments of Biomedical Sciences and Neurology) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. I also have an appointment at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA as an Assistant (Adj.) Professor of Medicine and at Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Bioengineering. My postdoctoral training was in Neuroscience and Neural Engineering at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center. I finished my doctoral studies in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (Neuroengineering track) at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia and my predoctoral education was in Brain Sciences at the National Brain Research Center; and at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Postdoctoral fellow: Aamir Abbasi, PhD
I completed my PhD in 2019 at Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (Neuro-PSI) affiliated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and University of Paris. My thesis research involved development of a closed-loop intracortical brain-machine interface (BMI) setup by combining electrophysiology for motor readout and optogenetics for somatosensory feedback (Abbasi et al 2018 J Neural Eng). This BMI setup showed a causal role of somatosensory cortical maps in neuroprosthetic learning. My current project looks at the cortico-cerebellar mechanisms of neuroprosthetic learning as well as cerebellar stimulation approaches to stroke recovery (Abbasi et al 2021 J Neuroeng Rehab).
Postdoctoral fellow: Pierson Fleischer, PhD
I graduated from Purdue university with a PhD in Computational Cognitive Science in December, 2018. My interest in artificial intelligence has lead me pursue cognitive modeling. For my thesis project I developed a model of rule-set learning and selection (Fleischer and Hélie 2020 Neural Networks). My current project looks at neural and computational basis of motor skill consolidation in the motor cortex and the cerebellum.
PhD Student: Rohit Rangwani, MS
I completed my MS in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station in May 2020. I am currently a Bioengineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a visiting graduate student at Cedars-Sinai. I am interested in sensorimotor system, neuroprosthetics, and neurorehabilitation. During my masters, I worked on developing novel non-invasive methods for modulation of proprioception (Rangwani and Park, 2021 J Neuroeng Rehab). My current work focuses on the subcortical cerebellar brain-machine interfaces for neuroprosthetic control.
Research Associate: Andrew Fealy, BS
I graduated from UCSB with a B.S. in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology. I am interested in using advanced systems neuroscience techniques to understand the neural basis of motor behavior in model organisms. Ultimately, I aspire to attend medical school where I can apply systems neuroscience to improve the quality of medicine.
Research Intern: Ramneet Sandhu
I am an undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Neuroscience. My current goals are to gain training in the area of systems and behavioral neuroscience. My career aspirations are to go to medical school, as well as do research in neurodegenerative diseases.
Research Intern: Philip Raj
I am an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in psychobiology. My research interests are in behavioral kinematic analyses. My career interests are centered around medicine and healthcare.
Research Intern: Payton Bechefsky
Nathan Danielsen (Neuroscience, UCLA) ==> Graduate School, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
Saahil Patel, BS (Bioengineering, UCLA) ==> Graduate School, UC Berkeley (now Firmware Engineer, iota Biosciences, Berkeley, CA)
Shakthi Visagan, BS (Bioengineering, UCLA) ==> Research Associate, UCLA
LeeAnn Chang, MD (Georgetown Univ), PGY4 Neurology resident, Cedars-Sinai ==> Epilepsy fellow, UCSF