People

Postdoctoral Fellow
Shaoyu Qiao

Projects

Decision-making
Brain mapping

Shaoyu is interested in neural interfaces and neuroprosthetics, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the Pesaran lab,  he focuses specifically on developing a closed-loop microstimulation system to target the cortical and subcortical decision-action networks in non-human primates performing a probabilistic reinforcement learning task to help develop new treatments for neuropsychiatric conditions. The work involves measuring physiological-functional map of the mesolimbic circuit and correcting maladaptive plasticity in the circuit through microstimulation based upon the decision variables predicted by an actor-critic computational model. Prior to joining the lab, he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University in 2014, with Dr. Ken Yoshida.