New Faculty Member Highlight: Dr. Shreya Saxena

Shreya SaxenaDr. Shreya Saxena has recently joined the Warren B. Nelms for the Connected World, and she will start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on October 1st, 2020. She is broadly interested in the neural control of coordinated, complex behavior. Her current research focuses on data-driven modeling of large-scale neural activity and ensuing movements, with an application towards rehabilitation. She leverages theoretical analyses as well as machine learning methods towards designing closed-loop neural control and restoring impaired movements due to compromised neural activity.

Dr. Saxena is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, working with Liam Paninski and John Cunningham. Shreya is affiliated with the Department of Statistics, and being generously funded by the Postdoc Mobility Fellowship offered by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Dr. Saxena completed her PhD in the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology, working with Munther Dahleh in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Prior to this, she received an MSc from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, working with Sridevi V. Sarma. She did her undergraduate degree at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Shreya was honored to have been selected as a Rising Star in both Electrical Engineering (2019) and Biomedical Engineering (2018).

“I am excited in the emerging avenues of building new IoT technology and integrating it with healthcare applications, especially to help restore function in neurological diseases and disorders,” said Dr. Saxena. For more details about her research and how to join her lab, please visit:​ .