Krishna V. Shenoy, PhD
Professor, Stanford University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Departments of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, Bioengineering and Neurobiology
Neurosciences Graduate Program, Bio-X Program & Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Director of "Shenoy Group": Neural Prosthetic Systems Laboratory (NPSL)
Co-Director of "Translational Group": Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL)
W100-A, James H. Clark Center
318 Campus Drive West
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-5436
T 650.723.4789
E shenoy{at}stanford{dot}edu

Beverly Davis
Faculty Administrator
W352, James H. Clark Center
318 Campus Drive West
T 650.723.1458
F 650.724.5791
E beverlydavis{at}stanford{dot}edu

Photo by Joel Simon (11/13/12) [high res]



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, Neurosurgery) the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL; 2009–present) which conducts brain-machine interface FDA clinical trials with people with paralysis.


Prof. Shenoy received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine (advisor G.L. Shaw) in 1990, and both his S.M. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT(advisor C.G. Fonstad, Jr.) in 1992 and 1995. 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 (2008) and then to Full Professor (2012). 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 & Award

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), HHMI Investigatorship (2015), and was elected 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."

Service, Memberships & Direcorships

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.


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.

Updated: 7 April 2016