On this edition of Focus in Sound, we meet a young investigator who is conducting groundbreaking basic research to characterize how the brain coordinates our movements and how it operates when we’re making decisions. These are both very basic but complex neural operations, and understanding their mechanisms will not only shed light on brain function, but will contribute to development of brain-machine interfaces.
Dr. Bijan Pesaran of New York University received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences in 2004, which funded his study on cortical mechanisms for hand-eye coordination.
Bijan earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2002, where he served his post-doc until 2005. He has been on the faculty at NYU since 2006, where he is an Assistant Professor of Neural Sciences at the Center for Neural Science. Among his other honors, he has received the James D. Watson Program Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research