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PhD Students

  1. Dr. Gopal Santhanam, PhD (2001-2006) EE PhD thesis, "Design of higher performance neural prosthetic systems". Next position (2006-2013): Co-founder and Vice President, Total Phase, Inc. Current position (2013-): Senior Engineer in Google X (self-driving car project)
  2. Prof. Byron Yu, PhD (2001-2006) EE PhD thesis, "Neural dynamics of movement preparation and execution". Next position: postdoc, see below.
  3. Dr. Afsheen Afshar, MD, PhD (2004-2008) EE PhD thesis, "Neural mechanisms of motor preparation and applications to prostheses". Next positon: completed medical school (MSTP, MD) at Stanford University. Next position: Associate, Goldman Sachs, Ney York City. Current position: Vice President, Goldman Sachs, New York City.
  4. Prof. John Cunningham, PhD (2004-2009) EE PhD thesis, "Algorithms for understanding motor cortical processing and neural prosthetic systems". Next postion: postdoc, see below.
  5. Dr. Vikash Gilja, PhD (2004-2010) CS PhD thesis, "Towards Clinically Viable Neural Prosthetic Systems". Next position (2010-2013): research associate, NPTL, Stanford University. Current position (2013-): Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Uiversity of California, San Diego.
  6. Prof. Cindy Chestek, PhD (2005-2010) EE PhD thesis, "Measurements and technology for long-term neural prosthetic systems". Next position (2010-2012): research associate, NPTL, Stanford University. Current position (2012-): Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan.
  7. Dr. Rachel Kalmar, PhD (2005-2010) Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Moving through the brain: A study of movement preparation in the oculomotor and reach systems". Next position (2010-): inventor / startups.
  8. Dr. Matthew Kaufman, PhD (2005-2011) Neurosciences PhD thesis, "Neural mechanisms and dynamics underlying reaching and decision making". Next position: postdoc, see below.
  9. Dr. Zuley Rivera Alvidrez, PhD (2005-2011) EE PhD thesis, "Low-dimensional neural features reflect the features of muscle activation". Next postion (2011-): Novelist.
  10. Dr. Paul Nuyujukian, MD, PhD (2007-2012) BioE PhD thesis, "Towards clinically relevant neural prostheses". Next position (2012-2014): completing medical school (MSTP, MD) at Stanford University. Current position (2014-): postdoc with NPTL and NPSL at Stanford University.
  11. Dr. Werapong Goo, PhD (2009-2014) BioE PhD thesis, "Development of optogenetics for motor systems neuroscience in non-human primates". Next position (2014-): Senior Associate, Boston Consulting Group, Bangkok.
  12. Dr. Justin Foster, PhD (2007-2014) EE PhD thesis, "A freely-moving monkey treadmill model". Next position: Data Scientist, Everstring

Masters Students

  1. Joline Fan MS (2009-2011) Bioengineering MS. Next postion (2011-2015): UCSF medical school.

Postdocs

  1. Dr. Stephen Ryu, MS, MD (2002-2004) Next position (2004-2006): Completed neurosurgery residency at Stanford University. Next position (2006-2009): Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Consulting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. Current position (2009-): Department of Neurosurgery, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Consulting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.
  2. Prof. Aaron Batista, PhD (2003-2007) Next & current position (2007-): Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh.
  3. Prof. Byron Yu, PhD (2007-2009) Shenoy Group, Stanford University, and Sahani Group at Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London. Next & current position (2009-): Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.
  4. Prof. John Cunningham, PhD (2009) Accepted Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in Saint Louis. Next position (2010-2011): postdoc with Prof. Zoubin Ghahramani, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University. Next position (2011-2013): Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in Saint Louis. Current position (2013-): Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics & Neuroscience, Columbia University.
  5. Prof. Mark Churchland, PhD (2001-2011) Next & current position (2011-): Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University
  6. Prof. Ilka Diester, PhD (2008-2011) Next & current position (2011-): Assistant Professor, Ernst Strüngmann Institute / Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
  7. Dr. Paul Kalanithi, MD (2010-2012) Next position (2012-2014): Completed neurosurgery residency at Stanford University.
  8. Dr. Matt Kaufman, PhD (2011-2012) Next position (2012-): postdoc with Prof. Anne Churchland at CSHL (primary) and Prof. Mark Churchland at Columbia University (secondary).
  9. Dr. David Sussillo, PhD (2010-2014) Next position (2014-): Google, Brain Group.

Staff

  1. Missy Howard, RVT, RLATG (2002-2005) Laboratory staff. Next: IACUC Inspection Manager in Office of Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Research Compliance, Stanford University. Currently: private practice, Montana.
  2. Evie Kalmar, BS (2007) Laboratory assistant, part time. Next position: medical school at UCSF, and public policy at UC Berkeley (2007-)
  3. Heather Graham, BS (2007-2008) Laboratory assistant, part time. Next postion: veterinary school, Virginia Tech (2008-2012)
  4. Willie Phan, BS (2008-2009) Laboratory assistant, part time. Next position: veterinary school, UC Davis (2009-2013)
  5. Stacey Kang, BS (2009-2010) Laboratory assistant, part time. Next position: veterinary school, UC Davis (2010-2014)
  6. Drew Haven, BS (2006-2010) Computer and network systems analysist, joint with faculty in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University; also (2008-2012) part time masters studented in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. Next position: industry. Next position: CTO at TheMML.com and owner at Kelpie Consulting. Current position: Google.
  7. Wendy Kalkus, BS (2010-2011) Laboratory assistant, part time. Next position: marine sciences intern. Current position: veterinary school, UC Davis (2012-2016)
  8. Erica Morgan, BS (2011-2012) Laboratory staff, part time. Next position: veterinary school, UC Davis(2013-2017).
  9. Sandra Eisensee (2001-2013) Financial analyst / administrative associate. Next position: retired.
  10. John Aguayo, MS (2010-2013) Laboratory staff, joint with Prof. Karl Deisseroth. Next position (2013-): System software developer with Prof. Kwabena Boahen
  11. Clare Sherman, BS (2011-2013) Laboratory staff, part time. Next position: veterinary school, Cornell University (2013-2017).
  12. Boris Osktotsky, PhD (2010-2014) Computer and network systems analysist, joint with faculty in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University. Next position: Stanford University School of Medicine.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)

  1. Johnson Huang, BS (2001-2002) Next: MIT EECS graduate school
  2. Justin Blanco, BS (2002-2003) Next: U Penn, BioE gradate school
  3. R. Carter Dunn, BS (2004 summer) Next: MIT MBA, Current: Boston Consulting Group
  4. Erem Boto, BS (2005 summer) Next: NeuroPace, Inc., Next: founder CloudMed, Next: co-founder eGraphs (acquired by Linked In), Current: Linked In.
  5. Neil Achtman, BS (2005 summer) Next: Intel
  6. Alex Chan, BS (2007 summer) Next: MIT EECS graduate student
  7. Joya Deri, BS (2008 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student, Currently: CMU, EE graduate student
  8. Ogi Zivojnovic, BS (2008 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term, Next: Qualcomm
  9. Vivek Athalye, BS (2010 summer) Next: UC Berkeley, EE graduate student
  10. Chip Schulman, BS (2010 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  11. Gil Shotan, BS (2010, 2011 summers) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  12. Aaron Zarraga, BS (2010 summer) Next: Stanford, EE co-term student
  13. Chia-Jung (Dana) Chang, BS (2011 summer), from National Taiwan University (joint with Prof. Teresa Meng) Next: NTU undergraduate, Next: JHU, Bioengineering graduate student, Currently: MIT EECS graduate student
  14. Jai Sajnani (2013 summer, NPTL) Next: Stanford, EE undergraduate

Updated: 19 August 2014