- Research Program Mentor
PhD at University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
Neuroscience, neural engineering, bioengineering, medicine, coding
BioI'm a physician-scientist interested in the overlap between neuroscience, engineering, and medicine, specifically towards the development of closed-loop modulation therapies for neurological disorders. I obtained my PhD from the joint UCSF/UC Berkeley program in Bioengineering (concentration, neural engineering), examining how brain regions interact to execute motor skills, and how electrical stimulation can affect these interactions (UCSF, Dr. Karunesh Ganguly). I also completed my MD at UCSF and have continued there for neurosurgery residency. My undergraduate research was quite broad, spanning microfluidic drug screening platforms (UC Berkeley, Professor Luke Lee), interventional medical devices (UCSF, Dr. Steven Hetts), neuroimmunology (Stanford, Dr. Lawrence Steinman) and more. Outside of science and medicine, I love figure skating (having competed since I was a child), long-distance running along the San Francisco waterfront, playing piano, and taking care of way too many plants.
Therapeutic targets for neurological diseases
In this project, you will learn about how to identify biomarkers of neurological diseases from research papers, identify a potential stimulation target, as well as design a sample closed-loop stimulation paradigm. You will then summarize your findings in the communication methodology of your choice: research paper, interactive website, podcast, or another desired method. Prerequisites: 1) Strong high school level background in biology 2) Strong background in math, basic calculus preferred Optional: 1) Coding skills, in either Python or MATLAB, to implement closed-loop algorithm