Rajat S. Shivacharan, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery sponsored by Dr. Casey H. Halpern (Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery). He received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland in 2013. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in May 2019 in the laboratory of Dr. Dominique M. Durand (Director of Neural Engineering Center), studying the role of endogenous electric fields, or ephaptic coupling, in the recruitment of self-propagating, non-synaptic hippocampal waves under pathophysiological conditions. Now, he investigates the role of neuromodulation for neuropsychiatric indications, specifically mechanistic neurophysiology and closed-loop (or responsive) deep brain stimulation (DBS), to improve current neuromodulation therapies for mental disorders with loss of control. Outside of the lab, Rajat likes to cook (or attempt to cook) different types of cuisine, play video games, and enjoys exploring the beautiful Bay Area through biking, hiking, and camping/offroading with his Jeep.
Honors & Awards
Doctoral Excellence Award in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2019)
1st Place, Senior Capstone – System for Monitoring Endotracheal Tubes with RFID Technology (SMERT), University of Maryland (2013)
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Biomedical Engineering (2019)
B.S., University of Maryland, Bioengineering (2013)
Casey Halpern, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor