Dev Sarma, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sarma received his Doctorate in Bioengineering with a focus on Neural Engineering from the University of Washington where he was a foundational trainee member of the NSF Center for Neurotechnology (formerly the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering) under the tutelage of center Director, Dr. Rajesh Rao, and UW Neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann. His doctoral work focused on developing and optimizing bidirectional electrocorticographic brain-computer interfaces for cognitive and motor rehabilitation. He was also previously a research associate at the University of California, San Diego's Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, where he worked on developing integrated systems for human mobile brain/body imaging. Dr. Sarma's current work involves characterizing the reflexive somatosensory activity related to microstimulation of the dorsal root ganglion for use in a potential closed loop lower extremity prosthetic device.
Research Interest Summary
Bioelectronic Medicine, Neuroprothetics, Brain-computer Interfaces, Neurorehabilitation, Somatosensory Integration, Neural Control of Dexterous Movements, Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
r. Sarma is interested in understanding the complex neural mechanisms of somatosensory integration and developing engineered therapies for rehabiliation and recovery in populations with neuromuscular damage and chronic deficit.