Sharlene Flesher, PhD

2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Sharlene Flesher, 2020 K99/R00 Awardee
Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Sharlene Flesher is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in the Neural Prosthetics Translational Lab with Drs. Krishna Shenoy and Jaimie Henderson, using engineering approaches to answer basic science questions about how the human brain controls movement. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Her thesis work provided tactile feedback to users operating high-dimensional robotic limbs via brain-computer interface. This enabled a participant to improve performance on clinical object transfer tasks with an anthropomorphic robotic limb by providing tactile feedback through intracortical microstimulation. As a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Flesher has focused on better understanding how cognitive signals might be contaminating the estimate of brain-computer interface users’ intended movement. She is separating out decision-related activity from movement-related activity in neural signals recorded intracortically from human motor cortex. Dr. Flesher’s research interests lie in improving brain-computer interface by accounting for variables that co-exist with movement, such as somatosensory feedback and ongoing cognitive processing, that are often left as unexplained variance in current brain-computer interface decoders.