Professor Krishna V. Shenoy, PhD
Professor Krishna V. Shenoy, PhD
Faculty Administrator Ms. Beverly Davis
Brief Biosketch -- Krishna V. Shenoy, PhD, is the Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor of Engineering. He is with the Departments of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy, Bioengineering and Neurobiology at Stanford University. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Prof. Shenoy holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Irvine (1987-1990), a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (1990-1995), was a postdoctoral fellow in Neurobiology at Caltech (1995-2001), and has been on faculty at Stanford since then (Assistant Prof. 2001-2008, Associate Prof. 2008-2012, Full Prof. 2012-2017, Endowed Chair 2017 to present). Prof. Shenoy directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab (basic neuroscience and engineering) and co-directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (clinical trials), which aim to help restore lost motor function to people with paralysis. Honors and awards include a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, a Sloan Fellow, a McKnight Technological Innovations in Neurosciences Award, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2010 Stanford University Postdoc Mentoring Award, election as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, and the 2018 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Mind and Brain Prize from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Shenoy serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of The University of Washington's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center), MIND-X Inc., Inscopix Inc. and Heal Inc. He is also a consultant for Neuralink Corp. and CTRL-Labs Inc. (startup 2016-2019, now a part of Facebook Reality Labs).
Research -- Prof. Shenoy directs the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab (NPSL) at Stanford University, where his group conducts neuroscience and neuroengineering research to better understand how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities. His neuroscience research investigates the neural basis of movement preparation and generation using a combination of electrophysiological, behavioral, computational and theoretical techniques. His neuroengineering research investigates the design of high-performance neural prosthetic systems, which are also known as brain-computer interfaces and brain-machine interfaces. These systems translate neural activity from the brain into control signals for prosthetic devices, which assist people with paralysis by restoring lost function. This work includes statistical-signal processing, machine learning, low-power circuits and real-time system modeling and implementation. Shenoy co-directs (along with Professor Jaimie Henderson, MD, Neurosurgery) the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL; 2009–present) which conducts brain-machine interface FDA clinical trials with people with paralysis.
Teaching -- Prof. Shenoy's teaching includes: EE112 Electronics II, EE113 Electronics III, EE101B Circuits II, EE418 Topics in Neuroengineering, EE302 Topics in Biomedical Electronics, and EE124 Introduction to Neuroelectrical Engineering.
Education & Appointments -- Prof. Shenoy attended the University of California, San Diego from 1986-1987, received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine (advisor G.L. Shaw) in 1990, and received both his S.M. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT (advisor C.G. Fonstad, Jr.) in 1992 and 1995. "Monolithic optoelectronic VLSI design and fabrication for optical interconnects," Shenoy KV (1995), Doctoral dissertation, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (pdf url). He was then a postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology at Caltech (advisor R.A. Andersen) from 1995-2001. He joined the Stanford University faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2001, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008, promoted to Full Professor in 2012, and was appointed as the inaugural Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor (Endowed Chair) in the School of Engineering in 2017. In 2015 Shenoy became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Stanford University. He is with the Departments of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Neurobiology and Bioengineering.
Honors & Awards -- Prof. Shenoy's honors and awards include the following: Tau Beta Pi (engineering) and Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering) honor societies, NSF & Hertz Foundation graduate fellowships, the 1995 Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences (1999), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2002), Defense Science Research Council (DSRC/DARPA) Fellow (2003-2005), a McKnight Technological Innovations in Neurosciences Award (2007), a Charles Lee Powel Faculty Scholar (2008), an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (2009), the 2010 Stanford University Postdoc Mentoring Award, the Award of Excellence in Research by the North American Konkani Association (2012), a University of California at Irvine Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (2013), elected to the The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Hall of Fame at the University of California at Irvine (2015), election as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows (2016) with the citation "For remarkable discoveries about the neural mechanisms underlying motor control as the basis of new advanced brain-machine interfaces for motor prosthetics," and the 2018 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Mind and Brain Prize from Carnegie Mellon University.
Service, Memberships & Directorships -- Prof. Shenoy's service, memberships and directorships include: IEEE (1988-) and IEEE Senior Member (2006-), Society for Neuroscience (1995-), Neural Control of Movement Society (2001-), Defense Science Research Council (DSRC) for DARPA (Fellow 2003-2005, Member 2005-2009), American Physiological Society (2007), NSF IGERT Co-Dirctor with Prof. Jay McClelland (2008-2014), Journal of Neurophysiology editorial board (2008-), Director (PI) of DARPA-DSO/BTO's "REPAIR" Project spanning 10 investigators at 4 institutions (Brown: Burwell, Connors, Donoghue, Hochberg, Nurmikko (Co-Director), Scheinberg; Stanford: Deisseroth, Shenoy; University College London: Sahani; UCSF: Sabes), Co-PI (PI: Deisseroth) of DARPA-BTO's "NeuroFAST" Project.
Scientific Advisory Boards and Consulting -- Prof. Shenoy serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of The University of Washington's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center), MIND-X Inc., Inscopix Inc. and Heal Inc. He is also a consultant for Neuralink Corp. and CTRL-Labs Inc. (startup 2016-2019, now a part of Facebook Reality Labs).
Student and Postdoc Training and Placement Summary (As often requested by NIH and NSF; updated 7/22/20)
Predoctoral (PhD) students: 20
- 13 of 20 (65%) went on to postdocs positions
- 5 of 13 (38%) now postdocs: Daniel O’Shea PhD, Sergey Stavisky PhD, Eric Trautmann PhD, Saurabh Vyas PhD, Megan Wang PhD.
- 7 of 13 (54%) now tenure-track professors: Cynthia Chestek PhD, John Cunningham PhD, Vikash Gilja PhD, Jonathan Kao PhD, Matthew Kaufman PhD, Paul Nuyujukian MD PhD, Byron Yu PhD.
- 1 of 13 (8%) now in industry: Cora Ames PhD
- 7 of 20 (35%) went on to industry: Afsheen Afshar MD PhD, Nir Even-Chen PhD, Justin Foster PhD, Werapong Goo PhD, Rachel Kalmar PhD, Zuley Rivera Alvidrez PhD, Gopal Santhanam PhD.
Postdoctoral trainees: 17
- 13 of 17 (76%) went on to tenure-track professorships
- 6 of 13 (46%) now pre-tenure Assistant Professors: Chand Chandrasekaran PhD, Vikash Gilja PhD, Jonathan Kao PhD, Matthew Kaufman PhD, Chethan Pandarinath PhD, Paul Nuyujukian PhD.
- 2 of 13 (15%) now tenured Associate Professors: Cynthia Chestek PhD, Mark Churchland PhD.
- 4 of 13 (31%) now tenured Professors: Aaron Batista PhD, Ilka Diester PhD, John Cunningham PhD, Byron Yu PhD.
- 1 of 13 (8%) now deceased: Paul Kalanithi MD
- 4 of 17 (24%) went on to other opportunities:
- 1 of 4 (25%) now in private neurosurgical practice and industry: Matthew MacDougall MD, California Pacific Medical Center and Neuralink Inc.
- 1 of 4 (25%) now in private neurosurgical practice and Adjunct Professor: Stephen Ryu MD, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and EE Department, Stanford.
- 1 of 4 (25%) now in industry and Adjunct Professor: David Sussillo PhD, Google AI (formerly Google Brain) and EE Dept, Stanford.
- 1 of 4 (25%) now in postdoc: Jonathan Michaels PhD.