Lab Members

Principal Investigators

Jaimie Henderson, MD Jaimie Henderson Photo

Jaimie Henderson received his B.A degree at Washington University, St. Louis, Biology in 1984, M.D. at Rush Medical College in 1988, Medical Education and Internship at Rush University Medical College, IL in 1988 and 1989 respectively, and completed his residency at St. Louis University Hospital, MO in 1995. Dr. Henderson received his Board Certification in Neurological Surgery at the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2000. His clinical focus is in Neurological Surgery and Neurosurgery. Dr. Henderson received his administrative appointment at Stanford University Medicine as Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in 2004, where he is currently serving. He has Graduate and Fellowship Program Affiliations in Neurosurgery. Dr. Henderson conducted Clinical Trials in Safety and Efficacy Study of GAD Gene Transfer Therapy in Parkinson’s disease, (no longer recruiting). His current research interests encompass several areas of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, including frameless stereotactic approaches for therapy delivery to deep brain nuclei; deformable patient-specific atlases for targeting brain structures; cortical physiology and its relationship to normal and pathological movement; neural prostheses; and the development of novel neuromodulatory techniques for the treatment of movement disorders, pain, and other neurological diseases.


Krishna V. Shenoy, PhDKrishna Shenoy Photo

Krishna Shenoy heads 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 (systems and cognitive neuroscience) research investigates the neural basis of movement preparation and generation using a combination of electrophysiological (single-electrode and chronic electrode-array recordings in rhesus monkeys), behavioral, computational and theoretical techniques. His neuroengineering (electrical, bio, and biomedical engineering) research investigates the design of high-performance neural prosthetic systems, which are also known as brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). These systems translate neural activity from the brain into control signals for prosthetic devices, which assist disabled patients by restoring lost function. This work includes statistical signal processing, machine learning, low-power circuits, and real-time system modeling and implementation. Education, awards and honors include: BS Electrical Engineering, UC Irvine, Summa Cum Laude, Prof. G.L. Shaw (1990); NSF Graduate Fellow (1990-1995); SM Electrical Engineering, MIT, Prof. C.G. Fonstad, Jr. (1992); Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellow (1992-1995); PhD Electrical Engineering, MIT, Prof. C.G. Fonstad, Jr. (1995); Hertz Foundation Doctoral Thesis Prize (1996); Postdoc, Neurobiology, Caltech, Prof. R.A. Andersen (1995-1998); Senior Postdoc, Neurobiology, Caltech, Prof. R.A. Andersen (1998-2001); Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences (1999); Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2001-2008); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2002); Defense Science Research Council (DSRC/DARPA) Fellow (2003-2005); DSRC/DARPA Member (2005-2009); IEEE Senior Member, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2006); McKnight Technological Innovations in Neurosciences Award (2007); Associate Professor (tenured), Stanford University (2008-); Program Co-Director/Co-PI, NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) interdisciplinary program entitled, “Emergent Functions of Neural Systems,” part of Stanford’s Center for Mind, Brain and Computation; Editorial board, Journal of Neurophysiology (2008-); Charles Lee Powell Faculty Scholar, School of Engineering, Stanford University (2008-2011); Co-Director (along with Co-Director Prof. Jaimie Henderson), Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL), part of Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience (SINTN) and Stanford's Bio-X / NeuroVentures program (2009-); 2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2009-2014).


For more complete and up to date details see Krishna's homepage.


Research Associates

Vikash Gilja, PhDVikash Gilja Photo

Vikash Gilja received the B.S. degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the B.S./M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2003 and 2004.  He completed his PhD in Computer Science with the thesis “Towards Clinically Viable Neural Prosthetic Systems” in 2010 from Stanford University.  Vikash was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the NDSEG fellowship. His research interests are oriented towards applying biosensor technologies, imaging techniques, and real time signal processing algorithms to advance the engineering science and clinical application of brain machine interface.

Chethan Pandarinath, PhD

Chethan Pandarinath photo

Chethan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory. He received his bachelors degrees from North Carolina State University in Computer Engineering and Physics in 2002, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2010, working with Prof. Sheila Nirenberg. His thesis work focused on the visual system, investigating the ability of the retina to adjust itself to different environments, and the affects of these adjustments on information transmission between the retina and the brain. Afterwards, as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Nirenberg, he developed devices for precise optical stimulation of neural circuitry, both for basic science and clinical applications. As a Postdoctoral Researcher with the NPTL team, his current research interests include the development of reliable, high-performance decoding algorithms for neural prosthetics, and characterizing the stability of neural signal sources.


Clinical Staff

Christine Blabe, MS

Christine received a M.S. and a B.S. with Honors in Kinesiology.  She served as a faculty member in the Kinesiology department at Cal State Fullerton.  Christine was the Research Coordinator for the Biofeedback Lab at Cal State Fullerton as well as Clinical Staff for the Human Performance Laboratory.  She has several years of experience working with patients with movement disorders and paralysis.  She is excited to be a part of the NPTL team as the Clinical Neurotechnician.