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

PhD, Princeton University
MA, Princeton University
MS, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
BSc, University of Madras

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

Multimodal characterization of prefrontal and premotor circuits underlying perceptual decision making in therhesus monkey
09/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Causal Roles of Dorsolateral Prefrontal and Dorsal Premotor Cortex in Perceptual Decision-Making
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Neural Circuit Dynamics Underlying Perceptual Decision Making in the Macaque Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex
01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Neural circuit dynamics underlying perceptual decision-making
02/01/2020 - 01/31/2024 (PI)
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

Organization and Dynamics of Premotor and Prefrontal Cortical Circuits Mediating Goal-Directed Behavior
09/30/2018 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke

Neural dynamics underlying integration of sensory, reward and motor effort information in the macaque brain
01/15/2020 - 01/14/2023 (PI)
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


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  1. Boucher PO, Wang T, Carceroni L, Kane G, Shenoy KV, Chandrasekaran C. Initial conditions combine with sensory evidence to induce decision-related dynamics in premotor cortex. Nat Commun. 2023 Oct 16; 14(1):6510. PMID: 37845221; PMCID: PMC10579235; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-41752-2;
  2. Genkin M, Shenoy KV, Chandrasekaran C, Engel TA. The dynamics and geometry of choice in premotor cortex. bioRxiv. 2023 Jul 25. PMID: 37546748; PMCID: PMC10401920; DOI: 10.1101/2023.07.22.550183;
  3. Kleinman M, Wang T, Xiao D, Feghhi E, Lee K, Carr N, Li Y, Hadidi N, Chandrasekaran C, Kao JC. A cortical information bottleneck during decision-making. bioRxiv. 2023 Jul 14. PMID: 37502862; PMCID: PMC10369960; DOI: 10.1101/2023.07.12.548742;
  4. Lee K, Carr N, Perliss A, Chandrasekaran C. WaveMAP for identifying putative cell types from in vivo electrophysiology. STAR Protoc. 2023 May 22; 4(2):102320. PMID: 37220000; PMCID: PMC10220268; DOI: 10.1016/j.xpro.2023.102320;
  5. Lee EK, Balasubramanian H, Tsolias A, Anakwe SU, Medalla M, Shenoy KV, Chandrasekaran C. Non-linear dimensionality reduction on extracellular waveforms reveals cell type diversity in premotor cortex. Elife. 2021 08 06; 10. PMID: 34355695; PMCID: PMC8452311; DOI: 10.7554/eLife.67490;
  6. 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 03; 591(7851):604-609. PMID: 33473215
  7. 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;
  8. Casas JP, Chandrasekaran C. openEyeTrack - A high speed multi-threaded eye tracker for head-fixed applications. J Open Source Softw. 2019; 4(42). PMID: 34222770; PMCID: PMC8247665; DOI: 10.21105/joss.01631;
  9. 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;
  10. 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
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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
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