Neural Engineering and Translation Labs aim to develop an improved understanding of neural circuit deficits in child and adult psychiatric disorders. We apply neural engineering methods in both animal models and human research to target and repair identified circuit deficits.

Team

Directors
Dr. Jyoti Mishra
Dr. Jyoti Mishra    pdf mail
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Focus: Neurotechnology studies in humans to advance diagnostics and therapeutics for mental health disorders.

Dr. Dhakshin Ramanathan
Dr. Dhakshin Ramanathan    pdf mail
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Focus: Neural engineering studies in animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Project Scientist
Pragathi Balasubramani

Computational Psychiatry

Pragathi Balasubramani    website mail
Postdoctoral Fellows
Miranda Francoeur

Animal Neuro-Cognition

Miranda Francoeur    mail
Leila Fakhraei

Animal Neuro-Cognition

Leila Fakhraei    mail
Nasim Vahidi

Human Neuro-Engineering

Nasim Vahidi    mail
Research Associates
James Ades

Human Neuro-Cognition

James Ades    mail
Gillian Grennan

Human Neuro-Cognition

Gillian Grennan    mail
Fahad Alim

Human Neuro-Cognition

Fahad Alim    mail
Tianzhi Tang

Animal Neuro-Cognition

Tianzhi Tang    mail
Rutvik Shah

Machine Learning

Rutvik Shah    mail
Graduate Students
Sidharth Hulyalkar

Animal Neuro-Cognition

Sidharth Hulyalkar    mail
Anshuman Dewangan

Machine Learning

Anshuman Dewangan    mail
Medical Student
Vojislav Maric

Human Neuro-Cognition

Vojislav Maric    mail
Undergraduate Students
Ryosuke Kato

Human Neuro-Cognition

Ryosuke Kato    mail
Micah Tattao

Animal Neuro-Cognition

Micah Tattao    mail
Shibangi Pal

Human Neuro-Cognition

Shibangi Pal    mail
Tatiana Podhajny

Human Neuro-Cognition

Tatiana Podhajny    mail
Stephanie Mak

Human Neuro-Cognition

Stephanie Mak    mail
Juan Diaz Delgado

Neural Analytics

Juan Diaz Delgado    mail
Atharv Kulkarni

Neural Analytics

Atharv Kulkarni    mail
Matthew Klimper

Human Neuro-Cognition

Matthew Klimper    mail
Shanar Mardanpour

Human Neuro-Cognition

Shanar Mardanpour    mail
Aditi Krishnakumar

Human Neuro-Cognition

Aditi Krishnakumar    mail
Morgan Montoya

Human Neuro-Cognition

Morgan Montoya    mail
Zihao Mo

Human Neuro-Cognition

Zihao Mo    mail
Rohit Mishra

Neural Engineering

Rohit Mishra    mail
Technology Consults
Alejandro Ojeda

Neural Engineering

Alejandro Ojeda    github mail
Alankar Misra

Mobile Applications

Alankar Misra    github mail
 

Research

Our research has four major goals:

  1. To better understand typical functioning of neural circuits underlying cognitive behaviors.

    For our human studies, we have developed an integrated software-hardware platform, the Brain Engagement platform (BrainE for short) that deploys rapid, mobile cognitive assessments with wireless electroencephalography (EEG). Using BrainE, we are studying neural circuits in humans in the lab, in clinics and international community settings.

    Our animal studies have implemented a complementary BrainER platform for studying neuro-cognition in rodents using single unit and local-field potential (LFP) recordings coupled with rodent behavior. These studies aim to understand micro-circuit contributions to the neural dynamics underlying cognition.

  2. To better understand how neural circuits underlying cognitive behaviors are impacted in neuropsychiatric disorders.

    Our human studies are focused on unraveling mechanistic, functional neural markers in individuals who have suffered childhood adversity, in adults with depression and anxiety, and in age-related cognitive decline.

    Our animal studies are currently examining rodent models of traumatic brain Injury and schizophrenia to understand how genetic and/or environmental perturbations result in specific cognitive impairments.

  3. To develop and advance closed-loop technologies for targeted treatment of neural circuit dysfunctions.

    We are engineering and testing targeted and personalized circuit manipulation approaches, which integrate cognitive training, brain stimulation, neurofeedback as well as lifestyle based interventions.

    We utilize long-term digital monitoring along with machine learning methods to develop treatment personalization strategies.

  4. To study the relationships between neuro-cognition, mental health and pressing societal issues.

    In our human research, we are embedding our digital mental health technologies within communities, as well as leveraging open-source databases, to better understand how neural, cognitive and mental health factors interact with diverse societal issues including race, education, crime, loneliness and climate change.

research

Technologies

BrainE logo
BrainE - Our Brain Engagement platform to assess & train neural and cognitive functions across the human lifespan. Contact us for research access. Read our privacy policy. bioRXiv preprint.
 
BrainER logo
BrainER - Our Brain Engagement platform for Rodents to assess & train neural and cognitive functions in animals. Contact us for research access.
 
Simulink Brain Signal Interface logo
SimBSI - Our Simulink Brain Signal Interface for executing closed loop neuroscience experiments. Access here.
 
DSI - Our Distributed Source Imaging Toolbox for electromagnetic signals. Access here. bioRXiv preprint
 

Participate

We have several ongoing research studies: Brain Mapping | Brain Stimulation | Mobile Training - Kids.
 
Please email to participate.
 

At NEATLabs, we believe

Science is real

SCIENCE
is real

Love is love

LOVE
is love

Black lives matter

BLACK LIVES
matter

Feminism is for everyone

FEMINISM
is for everyone

Circuits are cool

CIRCUITS
are cool

Immigrants are welcome

IMMIGRANTS
are welcome

 

We take this racial justice, inclusion and diversity pledge.

 

Publications

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  • Kothekar V, Sahi S, Mishra J. Enzyme selectivity of new cyclooxygenase-2/5 lipoxygenase inhibitors using molecular modeling approach. Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics 37: 86-96. PMID: 10983419. 2000.
 

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Funding

UCSD School of Medicine
 
Veterans Affairs
 
Kavli Foundation
 
Burroughs Wellcome Funds
 
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Sanford Institute for Empathy & Compassion
Tang Prize
 
Hope For Depression
 

Positions

Postdoctoral Fellows

We are always looking for talented postdoctoral fellows interested in our integrated research foci. Please contact NEATLabs directors with your cover letter, CV and academic transcript.