Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Chandramouli Chandrasekaran
610 Commonwealth Avenue


Starting January 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine. The Chand lab will officially open its doors around then.

I am currently finishing up my postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Stanford. I am mentored by the fantastic Krishna Shenoy and collaborate with Diogo Peixoto and Bill Newsome . 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 brake 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. I spend most of my free time trying to play with different yoga poses or taking my roadbike out around the loop and occasionally one of the fun hill rides around Stanford.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Princeton University, PhD
  • Princeton University, MA
  • University of Tübingen, MS
  • University of Madras, BSc


  • Published on 4/17/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 1/3/2019

    Chandrasekaran C, Bray IE, Shenoy KV. Frequency Shifts and Depth Dependence of Premotor Beta Band Activity during Perceptual Decision-Making. J Neurosci. 2019 Feb 20; 39(8):1420-1435. PMID: 30606756.

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  • Published on 4/30/2018

    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 Apr 30; 8(1):6775. PMID: 29712920.

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  • Published on 9/20/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 12/2/2016

    Chandrasekaran C. Computational principles and models of multisensory integration. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2017 04; 43:25-34. PMID: 27918886.

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  • Published on 8/7/2016

    O'Shea DJ, Trautmann E, Chandrasekaran C, Stavisky S, Kao JC, Sahani M, Ryu S, Deisseroth K, Shenoy KV. The need for calcium imaging in nonhuman primates: New motor neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces. Exp Neurol. 2017 01; 287(Pt 4):437-451. PMID: 27511294.

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  • Published on 11/11/2013

    Chandrasekaran C, Lemus L, Ghazanfar AA. Dynamic faces speed up the onset of auditory cortical spiking responses during vocal detection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 26; 110(48):E4668-77. PMID: 24218574.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Chandrasekaran C, Ghazanfar AA. Principles of neural coding (Quian Quiroga R, Panzeri S, eds.). Coding Across Sensory Modalities: Integrating the Dynamic Face With The Voice. Taylor & Francis Press. 2012.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Ghazanfar AA, Chandrasekaran C. New Handbook of Multisensory Processes (Stein BE, ed.). Non-human Primate Models of Audiovisual Communication. MIT Press. 2012; 407-420.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Ghazanfar AA, Chandrasekaran C. Neural Correlates of Auditory Cognition, Springer Handbook for Auditory Research (SHAR) (Cohen YE, Popper AN, Fay RR, Eds.). The Influence of Vision on Auditory Communication in Primates. Springer Press. 2012.

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