Skip to content Skip to navigation

People

NPSL

PhD Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Laboratory Staff

Adjunct Professors

Principal Investigator

 

NPTL

Postdoctoral Fellows

Laboratory Staff

Principal Investigators

 

 

ALUMNI

 

PhD Students

  1. Dr. Gopal Santhanam, PhD
    • UC Berkeley undergraduate
    • 2001-2006 EE PhD thesis, "Design of higher performance neural prosthetic systems"​​ pdf
    • 2006-2013 Co-founder and Vice President, Total Phase, Inc
    • 2013- Senior Engineer at Waymo
  2. Prof. Byron Yu, PhD
    • ​​UC Berkeley undergraduate
    • 2001-2006 EE PhD thesis, "Neural dynamics of movement preparation and execution" pdf
    • 2007-2009 Postdoc in NPSL (joint w/ Prof. Maneesh Sahani at The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London
    • 2010-2015 Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
    • 2015- Associate Professor, "
  3. Dr. Afsheen Afshar, MD, PhD
    • ​​Princeton University undergraduate
    • 2004-2008 EE PhD thesis, "Neural mechanisms of motor preparation and applications to prostheses" pdf
    • 2008-2010 Completed medical school (MSTP, MD) at Stanford University
    • 2010-2016 VP Goldman Sachs, New York City
    • 2016-2017 Head, Data Sciences, JP Morgan, New York City
    • 2017- Private equity, New York City
  4. Prof. John Cunningham, PhD
    • ​​​Dartmouth College undergraduate
    • 2004-2009 EE PhD thesis, "Algorithms for understanding motor cortical processing and neural prosthetic systems" pdf
    • 2009 Postdoc in NPSL
    • 2009 Accepted Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, Saint Louis (WUSTL)
    • 2010-2011 Postdoc with Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University
    • 2011-2013 Assistant Professor, WUSTL
    • 2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics & Neuroscience, Columbia University
    • 2017- Associate Professor, "
  5. Prof. Vikash Gilja, PhD
    • ​​MIT undergraduate
    • 2004-2010 CS PhD thesis, "Towards clinically viable neural prosthetic systems" pdf
    • 2010-2013 Research associate, NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2013- Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego
    • 2017-2018 Neuralink Inc.
  6. Prof. Cindy Chestek, PhD
    • ​​Case Western Reserve University undergraduate
    • 2005-2010 EE PhD thesis, "Measurements and technology for long-term neural prosthetic systems" pdf
    • 2010-2012 Research associate, NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2012-2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
    • 2018- Associate Professor (with tenure), "
  7. Dr. Rachel Kalmar, PhD
    • ​​UC San Diego undergraduate
    • 2005-2010 Neurosciences Program PhD thesis, "Moving through the brain: A study of movement preparation in the oculomotor and reach systems" pdf
    • 2010- various Bay Area biomedical industry startups
    • 2016- Harvard graduate school
  8. Prof. Matthew Kaufman, PhD
    • ​​Stanford University undergraduate
    • 2005-2011 Neurosciences Program PhD thesis, "Neural mechanisms and dynamics underlying reaching and decision making" pdf
    • 2011-2012 Postdoc in NPSL
    • 2012-2017 Postdoc with Prof. Anne Churchland at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
  9. Dr. Zuley Rivera Alvidrez, PhD
    • ​​University of Arizona undergraduate
    • 2005-2011 EE PhD thesis, "Low-dimensional neural features reflect the features of muscle activation" pdf
    • 2011- Novelist, New York City
  10. Prof. Paul Nuyujukian, MD, PhD
    • UCLA undergraduate
    • 2007-2012 BioE PhD thesis, "Towards clinically relevant neural prostheses" pdf
    • 2012-2014 Completed medical school (MSTP, MD) at Stanford University
    • 2014-2017 Postdoc with NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University
  11. Dr. Werapong Goo, PhD
    • Duke University Undergraduate
    • 2009-2014 BioE PhD thesis, "Development of optogenetics for motor systems neuroscience in non-human primates" pdf
    • 2014- Senior Associate, Boston Consulting Group, Bangkok, Thailand
  12. Dr. Justin Foster, PhD
    • ​​Columbia University undergraduate
    • 2007-2014 EE PhD thesis, "A freely-moving monkey treadmill model" pdf
    • 2014- Data Scientist, Everstring
  13. Dr. K. Cora Ames, PhD
    • University of Chicago undergraduate
    • 2009-2014 Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Neural dynamics of reaching following incorrect, absent, or last-minute preparation" pdf
    • 2014- Postdoc with Prof. Mark Churchland and Prof. Larry Abbott at Columbia University
  14. Dr. Sergey Stavisky, PhD
    • Brown University undergraduate
    • 2010-2016 Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Advancing motor neural prosthesis robustness and neuroscience" pdf
    • 2016- Postdoc with NPTL, Stanford University
  15. Prof. Jonathan Kao, PhD
    • Stanford University undergraduate
    • 2010-2016 EE PhD thesis, "Decoder algorithm design for high-performance and robust neural prostheses" pdf
    • 2016-2017 Postdoc with NPSL
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  16. Dr. Dan O'Shea, PhD
    • ​​Princeton University undergraduate
    • 2009-2016 Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Probing the motor cortical dynamics of flexible feedback control" pdf
    • 2017- Postdoc with NPSL
  17. Dr. Eric Trautmann, PhD
    • ​​Dartmouth University undergraduate
    • 2011-2018 Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Neural dynamics of motor preparation and tools for large scale neuroscience"
    • 2018- Postdoc with NPSL

MS Students

  1. Dr. Joline Fan, MS
    • Princeton University undergraduate
    • 2009-2011 Bioengineering MS
    • 2011-2015 Medical school, UCSF
    • 2015- Neurology resident, UCSF
  2. Shikhar Shrestha, MS
    • IIT undergraduate
    • 2014-2015 Mechanical Engineering MS
    • 2015- Mechanical Engineering PhD program at Stanford
  3. Allan Raventos, MS
    • ​​2015-2016 NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2016-2017 Stanford University undergraduate, EE MS.
  4. Iliana Bray, BS
    • Stanford University undergraduate
    • 2016-2017 REU summer student and undergraduate
    • 2017-2018 PhD student
    • 2018- PhD student with Professor Paul Nuyujukian, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Fellows

  1. Prof. Stephen Ryu, MS, MD
    • ​​Stanford Universty undergrad and masters
    • UC San Diego Medical School
    • 2002-2004 Postdoc
    • 2004-2006 Completing neurosurgery residency, Stanford University
    • 2006- Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
    • 2006-2009 Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
    • 2009- Department of Neurosurgery, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  2. Prof. Aaron Batista, PhD
    • ​​Caltech graduate school
    • 2003-2007 Postdoc
    • 2007-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
    • 2015- Associate Professor (with tenure), "
  3. Prof. Byron Yu, PhD
    • ​​Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2007-2009 Postdoc (joint w/ Prof. Maneesh Sahani at The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London
    • 2010-2015 Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
    • 2015- Associate Professor, "
  4. Prof. John Cunningham, PhD
    • ​​Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2009 Postdoc
    • 2009 Accepted Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, Saint Louis (WUSTL)
    • 2010-2011 Postdoc with Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University
    • 2011-2013 Assistant Professor, WUSTL
    • 2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics & Neuroscience, Columbia University
    • 2017- Associate Professor, "
  5. Prof. Mark Churchland, PhD
    • ​​​​UC San Francisco graduate school
    • 2001-2007 Postdoc
    • 2007-2011 Research Associate
    • 2011- Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University
  6. Prof. Cindy Chestek, PhD
    • Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2010-2012 Research associate, NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2012-2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
    • 2018- Associate Professor (with tenure), "
  7. Prof. Vikash Gilja, PhD
    • Stanford University Graduate School (NPSL)
    • 2010-2013 Research associate, NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2013- Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego
    • 2017-2018 Neuralink Inc.
  8. Prof. Ilka Diester, PhD
    • ​​Eberhart-Karls-University, Tubigen, Germany graduate school
    • 2008-2011 Postdoc
    • 2011-2014 Assistant Professor, Ernst Strüngmann Institute / Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
    • 2014- Professor, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  9. Dr. Paul Kalanithi, MD
    • ​​Yale University medical school
    • 2010-2012 Postdoc
    • 2012-2015 Completed neurosurgery residency at Stanford University
    • March 2015, In loving memory of our dear friend and group mate
  10. Prof. Matt Kaufman, PhD
    • ​​Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2011-2012 Postdoc
    • 2012-2017 Postdoc with Prof. Anne Churchland at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
  11. Prof. David Sussillo, PhD
    • Columbia University graduate school
    • 2010-2014 Postdoc
    • 2014- Brain Group, Google
    • 2017- Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  12. Prof. Chethan Pandarinath, PhD 
    • ​​Cornell University graduate school
    • 2011-2016 Postdoc in NPTL
    • 2016- Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University & Georgia Tech
  13. Prof. Jonathan Kao, PhD
    • Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2016-2017 Postdoc with NPSL
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  14. Prof. Paul Nuyujukian, MD, PhD
    • Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
    • 2014-2017 Postdoc with NPTL, Stanford University
    • 2017- Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University
  15. Dr. Matthew MacDougall, MD
    • ​​UC San Diego, neurosurgery residency
    • 2016-2017 Neurosurgery Fellow with Prof. Jaimie Henderson, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
    • 2017- Department of Neurosurgery, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), San Francisco, CA
    • 2018- Neuralink Inc.
  16. Dr. Chand Chandrasekaran, PhD
    • ​Princeton University graduate school
    • 2011-2018 Postdoc with NPSL, Stanford University
    • 2019- Assistant Professor, Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology & Psychology and Brain Sciences, Boston University

Laboratory Staff

  1. Missy Howard, RVT, RLATG 2002-2005 Laboratory staff. 2006-2010 IACUC Inspection Manager in Office of Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Research Compliance, Stanford University. 2010- Private practice, Montana.
  2. Evie Kalmar, BS 2007 Laboratory assistant, part time. 2007- Medical school at UCSF, and public policy at UC Berkeley.
  3. Heather Graham, BS 2007-2008 Laboratory assistant, part time. 2008-2012 Veterinary school, Virginia Tech.
  4. Willie Phan, BS 2008-2009 Laboratory assistant, part time. 2009-2013 Veterinary school, UC Davis.
  5. Stacey Kang, BS 2009-2010 Laboratory assistant, part time. 2010-2014 Veterinary school, UC Davis. 2014-2016 Veterinary resident, Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University.
  6. Drew Haven, BS 2006-2010 Computer and network systems analysist, joint with faculty in the Department of Neurobiology. 2008-2012 Part time masters studented in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. 2012- Industry positions, then Google.
  7. Wendy Kalkus, BS 2010-2011 Laboratory assistant, part time. 2011-2012 Marine sciences intern. 2012-2016 Veterinary school, UC Davis.
  8. Erica Morgan, BS 2011-2012 Laboratory staff, part time. 2013-2017 Veterinary school, UC Davis.
  9. Sandra Eisensee 2001-2013 Financial analyst and administrative associate. 2013- Retired.
  10. John Aguayo, MS 2010-2013 Laboratory staff, joint with Prof. Karl Deisseroth. 2013- System software developer with Prof. Kwabena Boahen, Stanford University.
  11. Clare Sherman, BS 2011-2013 Laboratory staff, part time. 2013-2017 Veterinary school, Cornell University.
  12. Boris Osktotsky, PhD 2010-2014 Computer and network systems analysist, joint with faculty in the Department of Neurobiology. 2014-2015 Stanford University School of Medicine. 2015- UCSF.
  13. Armand Smith, BS 2014-2015 Computer and network systems analyist, joint with Neurobiology faculty.
  14. Evelyn Castaneda, MBA 2010-2015 DARPA REPAIR program manager. 2015- Department of Chemistry, SLAC / Stanford University.
  15. Rosie Steinbach, BS 2014-2016 Laboratory staff, part time. 2016- Oregon Primate Center.
  16. Shannon Smith, BS 2014-2016 Laboratory staff, part time. 2015-2016 MS program, Stanford University. 2016- Veterinary school, UC Davis.
  17. Christine Blabe, MS 2010-2017 NPTL clinical technician. 2017- research coordinator, Dept. of Neurology, Stanford University.
  18. Noel Aliyyah, BS 2016-2017. Laboratory staff, part time.
  19. Lucas Cofer, BS 2016-2017 Laboratory staff during gap year. Harvard University undergraduate . 2017- NYU medical school.
  20. Liana Yates, BS 2013-2016 Laboratory staff, part time. 2016-2017 Laboratory staff (full time). 2017- UC Davis veterinary school.
  21. Dr. Beata Jarosiewicz, PhD 2016-2018 Senior Research Scientist. 2018- Neuropace Inc.
  22. Andrea Craig, BS 2016-2018 Laboratory staff, 2018- Laboratory staff, Harousch Lab, Dept. of Neurobiology, Stanford University.
  23. Paymon Rezaii, BS 2017-2018 NPTL Clinical technician. 2018- reseach coordinator, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Summer interns - Research Experience for Undergrads (EE REUs)

  1. Johnson Huang, BS (2001-2002) Next: MIT EECS graduate school
  2. Justin Blanco, BS (2002-2003) Next: U Penn, BioE gradate school
  3. R. Carter Dunn, BS (2004 summer) Next: MIT MBA, Current: Boston Consulting Group
  4. Erem Boto, BS (2005 summer, Biology REU) Next: NeuroPace, Inc., Next: founder CloudMed, Next: co-founder eGraphs (acquired by Linked In), Current: Linked In.
  5. Neil Achtman, BS (2005 summer) Next: Intel 
  6. Alex Chan, BS (2007 summer) Next: MIT EECS graduate student
  7. Joya Deri, BS (2008 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student, Currently: CMU, EE graduate student
  8. Ogi Zivojnovic, BS (2008 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term, Next: Qualcomm
  9. Vivek Athalye, BS (2010 summer) Next: UC Berkeley, EE graduate student
  10. Chip Schulman, BS (2010 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  11. Gil Shotan, BS (2010, 2011 summers) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  12. Aaron Zarraga, BS (2010 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  13. Chia-Jung (Dana) Chang, BS (2011 summer), from National Taiwan University (joint with Prof. Teresa Meng) Next: NTU undergraduate, Next: JHU, Bioengineering graduate student, Currently: MIT EECS graduate student
  14. Jai Sajnani (2013 summer, NPTL) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate (continuing)
  15. Steven Lin (2014 summer, winter) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  16. Axel Sly (2015 summer) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  17. Alexander Sosa (2015 summer) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  18. Chayakorn (Tun) Pongsiri (2015 summer) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  19. Iliana Bray (2016 summer, daily advisor: Chand) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  20. Sabar Dasgupta (2016 summer, daily advisor: Paul) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  21. Pavan Mehrotra (2016 summer, daily advisor: Paul) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  22. Allan Raventos (2016 summer, daily advisor: Sergey) Next: Stanford, EE masters student
  23. Blue Sheffer (2016 summer, daily advisor: Sergey) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  24. Nick Sovich (2016 summer, daily advisor: Eric) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  25. Gabriel Vega (2016 summer, daily advisor: Sergey) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate