Sr Research Scientist
Prashanth Selvaraj has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Fluid Mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France. During his Ph.D., he studied the dynamics of epileptic seizures that form in the human cortex using a phsyiologically relevant mathematical model of cortical dynamics. Additionally, he proposed the use of optogenetics, which involves light sensitive ion channels expressed by certain cell types in the cortex, to inhibit the spread of seizures before they are fully formed using closed loop control methods. After his Ph.D., Prashanth worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, as part of the DARPA SUBNETS initiative. He investigated the underlying meso-scale networks in the brain that contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders like PTSD and depression, and worked on a closed loop method of electrical stimulation to disrupt the function of these networks alleviating symptoms of these disorders. As part of the research team at IDM, Prashanth works on calibrating mathematical models of disease spread and control to the dynamics of malaria in different regions around the world.