Chandramouli Chandrasekaran, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Chandramouli Chandrasekaran


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.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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

Classes Taught

  • CASNE212
  • CASPS212
  • ENGBE900
  • ENGBE900


  • Published on 7/14/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 5/22/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 8/6/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 1/20/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 12/5/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 10/23/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 10/3/2019

    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.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Casas JP, Chandrasekaran C. openEyeTrack: A high speed multi-threaded eye tracker for head-fixed applications. Journal of Open Source Software. 2019; 4(42).

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  • Published on 7/2/2019

    Chandrasekaran C, Blurton SP, Gondan M. Audiovisual detection at different intensities and delays. J Math Psychol. 2019 Aug; 91:159-175. PMID: 31404455.

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  • 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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