Preeya Khanna, PhD

2021 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Preeya Khanna, 2021 K99/R00 Awardee
University of California, San Francisco
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Preeya Khanna is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Karunesh Ganguly at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her BS in Bioengineering and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. During her graduate work in the lab of Dr. Jose Carmena, Dr. Khanna studied sensorimotor beta oscillations and motor cortical population dynamics during upper limb movements and brain-machine interface (BMI) tasks in non-human primates. She extended findings from this work to develop and test therapeutic BMI technologies for Parkinson's disease and stroke patients. As a Ruth L. Kirschstein F32 BRAIN Initiative Fellow, her postdoctoral work in the Ganguly lab has focused on testing minimally invasive neuromodulation approaches to restore reach-to-grasp movements following stroke and developing data-driven models to optimize neuromodulation waveforms for restoring functional neural dynamics in injured brain networks. As a BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 awardee, Dr. Khanna will use haptic BMI tasks and multi-area electrophysiology to study how motor cortical areas integrate somatosensory information to guide dexterous hand movements. She will then use these insights to design BMI and neuromodulation therapies for stroke patients. 

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