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 interplay between cerebello-cortical mechanisms of neuroprosthetic learning.
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.
Research Associate: Nathan Danielsen, BS
I graduated from UCLA with a BS in Neuroscience. My research interests include the electrophysiology of neurological disorders, and the neural production of movement.
Research Intern: Saahil Patel
I am an undergraduate senior finishing my B.S in biomedical systems at UCLA. My current goals are to broaden my engineering and physiological knowledge through laboratory research and graduate training in neural engineering. My career goal is to advance neurotechnology by creating better brain-machine interfaces and medical devices.