Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, Princeton University
MA, Princeton University
MS, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

I am an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine.

My research interests are in identifiying the neural dynamical systems mediating decision-making and goal-directed behavior on the basis of uni- and multisensory inputs. My research interests are best illustrated by an example. For instance, what are the neural mechanisms which allow one to press the brakes when the stop light turns red and the gas pedal when the light turns green.

As a PhD student with Asif Ghazanfar at Princeton, I examined how information from visual and auditory cues are combined, a process termed multisensory integration. Before that I was a masters student at the international Max Planck Research School at the University of Tübingen in Germany. I worked with Ian Thornton, Tony Gummer , Martin Giese and Zoe Kourtzi. I also had fun being a programmer with Nikos Logothetis before I moved to Princeton to work with Asif.

Being an academic means a peripatetic lifestyle. I have had the pleasure of living in beautiful academic settings such as Tübingen, Princeton and Stanford for a few years. Much of my time is spent in my lab.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Anatomy & Neurobiology

2020-2023 Boston University: Moorman-Simon Interdisciplinary Career Development Professors
2019 Boston University School of Medicine: Jack Spivack Excellence in Neuroscience Awards
2011 Princeton University: Hoffman Scholar Award
2010 Princeton University: Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship

Neural circuit dynamics underlying perceptual decision-making
02/01/2020 - 01/31/2023 (PI)
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

Neural dynamics underlying integration of sensory, reward and motor effort information in the macaque brain
01/15/2020 - 01/14/2022 (PI)
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Organization and Dynamics of Premotor and Prefrontal Cortical Circuits Mediating Goal-Directed Behavior
09/30/2018 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke


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  1. Peixoto D, Verhein JR, Kiani R, Kao JC, Nuyujukian P, Chandrasekaran C, Brown J, Fong S, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV, Newsome WT. Decoding and perturbing decision states in real time. Nature. 2021 Mar; 591(7851):604-609. PMID: 33473215
  2. O'Shea DJ, Kalanithi P, Ferenczi EA, Hsueh B, Chandrasekaran C, Goo W, Diester I, Ramakrishnan C, Kaufman MT, Ryu SI, Yeom KW, Deisseroth K, Shenoy KV. Publisher Correction: Development of an optogenetic toolkit for neural circuit dissection in squirrel monkeys. Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 05; 9(1):18775. PMID: 31801956; PMCID: PMC6892861; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-55025-w;
  3. Chandrasekaran C, Hawkins GE. ChaRTr: An R toolbox for modeling choices and response times in decision-making tasks. J Neurosci Methods. 2019 12 01; 328:108432. PMID: 31586868; PMCID: PMC6980795; DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2019.108432;
  4. Casas JP, Chandrasekaran C. openEyeTrack: A high speed multi-threaded eye tracker for head-fixed applications. Journal of Open Source Software. 2019; 4(42). View Publication
  5. Chandrasekaran C, Blurton SP, Gondan M. Audiovisual detection at different intensities and delays. J Math Psychol. 2019 Aug; 91:159-175. PMID: 31404455; PMCID: PMC6688765; DOI: 10.1016/;
  6. Wang M, Montanède C, Chandrasekaran C, Peixoto D, Shenoy KV, Kalaska JF. Macaque dorsal premotor cortex exhibits decision-related activity only when specific stimulus-response associations are known. Nat Commun. 2019 04 17; 10(1):1793. PMID: 30996222; PMCID: PMC6470163; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09460-y;
  7. Chandrasekaran C, Bray IE, Shenoy KV. Frequency Shifts and Depth Dependence of Premotor Beta Band Activity during Perceptual Decision-Making. J Neurosci. 2019 02 20; 39(8):1420-1435. PMID: 30606756; PMCID: PMC6381246; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1066-18.2018;
  8. O'Shea DJ, Kalanithi P, Ferenczi EA, Hsueh B, Chandrasekaran C, Goo W, Diester I, Ramakrishnan C, Kaufman MT, Ryu SI, Yeom KW, Deisseroth K, Shenoy KV. Development of an optogenetic toolkit for neural circuit dissection in squirrel monkeys. Sci Rep. 2018 04 30; 8(1):6775. PMID: 29712920; PMCID: PMC5928036; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24362-7;
  9. Chandrasekaran C, Peixoto D, Newsome WT, Shenoy KV. Laminar differences in decision-related neural activity in dorsal premotor cortex. Nat Commun. 2017 09 20; 8(1):614. PMID: 28931803; PMCID: PMC5607001; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00715-0;
  10. Chandrasekaran C. Computational principles and models of multisensory integration. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2017 04; 43:25-34. PMID: 27918886; PMCID: PMC5447489; DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2016.11.002;
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