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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
    • 2019- Postdoc with Prof. Mark Churchand and Prof. Michael Shadlen, Columbia University
  18. Dr. Nir Even-Chen, PhD
    • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, undergraduate and masters
    • 2014-2018 Electrical Engineering PhD thesis, "Towards clinically viable neural prostheses through innovations in neuroscience, decoders, and interfaces"
    • 2019 Postdoc with NPSL
    • 2019- Lyft
  19. ​​Dr. Megan Wang, PhD
  20. Dr. Saurabh Vyas, PhD

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
    • ​​Stanford University undergraduate
    • 2015-2016 REU summer student and undergraduate, NPTL
    • 2016-2017 EE MS graduate student, NPTL
  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
  5. Avery Krieger, BS
    • University of Pennsylvania undergraduate
    • 2017-2019 PhD student
    • 2019- PhD student with Professor Tom Clandinin, Stanford University
  6. Tucker Fisher, BS
    • UC Davis undergraduate
    • 2017-2019 PhD student
    • 2019- PhD student with Professor Lisa Giocomo, 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
    • 2016-2017 Postdoc with NPTL
    • 2017- Department of Neurosurgery, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), San Francisco, CA
    • 2018- Department of Neurosurgery, California Pacific Medical Center and 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
  17. Dr. Jonathan Michaels, PhD
  • University of Göttingen and Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH graduate school
  • 2017-2019 Postdoc with NPSL, Stanford University
  • 2019- Postdoc with Prof. Andrew Pruzynski, Western University

18. Dr. Eric Trautmann, PhD

  • Dartmouth University undergraduate
  • 2011-2018 Stanford University graduate school (NPSL)
  • 2018-2019 Postdoc with NPSL, Stanford University
  • 2019- Postdoc with Prof. Mark Churchand and Prof. Michael Shadlen, Columbia University

 

Research Scientists

1. Dr. Beata Jarosiewicz, PhD 2016-2018 Senior Research Scientist. 2018- Neuropace Inc.

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. Andrea Craig, BS 2016-2018 Laboratory staff, 2018-2019 Laboratory staff, Harousch Lab, Dept. of Neurobiology, Stanford University; animal care taker Veternary Service Center, Stanford University.
  22. Paymon Rezaii, BS 2017-2018 NPTL Clinical technician. 2018- reseach coordinator, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
  23. Robyn Reeder, BS 2017-2019 Laboratory staff, 2019- refuge technician, Conboy National Wildlife Refuge (Washington State)
  24. Michelle Wechsler, BS 2014-2019 Laboratory staff, 2019- Assist. Prof. Paul Nuyujukian's Lab
  25. Mackenzie Risch, BS 2005-2019 Head, Laboratory staff, 2019- Assist. Prof. Paul Nuyujukian's Lab 

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, daily advisor: Dr. Jonathan Kao) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  19. Iliana Bray (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Chand Chandrasekaran) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  20. Sabar Dasgupta (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Paul Nuyujukian) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  21. Pavan Mehrotra (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Paul Nuyujukian) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  22. Allan Raventos (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Sergey Stavisky) Next: Stanford, EE masters student
  23. Blue Sheffer (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Sergey Stavisky) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  24. Nick Sovich (2016 summer, daily advisor: Eric Trautmann) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  25. Gabriel Vega (2016 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Sergey Stavisky) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate
  26. James Pillot (2017 summer, daily advisor: Dr. Dan O'Shea)