I am an engineer, a neuroscientist, and training to be a psychiatrist. With backgrounds in neuroscience and biomedical engineering, I plan to perform translational clinical research while training to become an interventional neuropsychiatrist. My research interests include using neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques to localize brain networks associated with psychiatric diseases and to apply individualized stimulation protocols to elicit precise and predictable long-term changes in order to treat these diseases. My career goals include running a translational laboratory investigating the mechanisms involved in and the optimization of neuromodulation techniques while maintaining a clinical practice that incorporates treatments such as brain stimulation.
My research has three central goals:
1. Improving brain stimulation methods
With the continual advancement of brain stimulation technology, there is a need to refine these techniques to generate the most focused and durable effects. I hope to develop a set of quantifiable brain network measures that will complement clinical monitoring, allowing 1) the individualization and optimization of treatment protocols and 2) the ability to monitor the progression of brain stimulation interventions.
2. The neuroscience of psychiatric disease
Psychiatric illnesses are some of the most common diseases, and yet our understanding of the biological etiologies are not well understood. Using a combination of fMRI, EEG, and brain stimulation, I plan to perform experiments to help identify the brain networks involved in these complex diseases.
3. The origin of spontaneous brain oscillations
Resting functional MRI is a non-invasive method that identifies networks that are temporally correlated in the absence of any sensory stimuli. However, the neural basis of resting fMRI is not well understood. We have the opportunity to record from the brain's of epilepsy patients undergoing surgical evaluation to study the link between direct neural signals and resting fMRI networks.
Stanford University Medical Center
Psychiatry and Postdoctoral Fellowship
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MD, PhD (Neuroscience)
Tufts University and Harvard Medical School
MS, Biomedical Engineering
BS, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
These research questions are being addressed with a variety of techniques, including:
Electrophysiology: single unit activity, local field potentials, EEG
Intracranial recordings in neurosurgical patients (ECoG)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and focal electrical stimulation