Pratik Chhatbar, MBBS, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Kara Lab
MUSC Neurosciences


Sensorimotor neuroprosthetics: current state and future implications


On Tuesday, February 18th on 2:30 pm, Biomedical Engineering faculty candidate Pratik Yashvant Chhatbar, MBBS, PhD will give a rapid review seminar titled "Sensorimotor neuroprosthetics: current state and future implications" at (location: TBA). The talk will cover:

• Neuroprosthetics: prostheses that replace/supplement nervous system function

• Sensorimotor neuroprosthetics: evolution of neuroprosthetics concerning bodily movements and the current state of the art

• Select Biomedical Engineering areas of focus towards taking these sensorimotor neuroprostheses to the next level

Dr. Chhatbar is a clinical doctor and a neuroengineering researcher. After finishing medical school, he focused his graduate research on closed-loop brain-machine interface and in post-doctoral training became proficient in advanced in vivo imaging techniques including two-photon imaging. This seminar is geared toward current and future Biomedical Engineers who have an interest, even peripherally, in the emerging technology of interfacing the brain with external hardware for real-time, two-way communication.

Brief Bio::

Dr. Chhatbar received his MD training at B. J. Medical College (Gujarat University), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. In 2005, he was enrolled in the joint Biomedical Engineering graduate program between Polytechnic University (now Polytechnic Institute of New York University, or NYU-Poly) and State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center (Downstate), Brooklyn, NY with neuroprosthetics focus under joint mentorship of Dr. Joseph T. Francis and Dr. John K. Chapin. During his stint in graduate school, he invented a bio-friendly and economical multiple microelectrode array implantation technique for primate sensorimotor cortex, assembled the experimental suite capable of simultaneously recording and processing hundreds of spiking neural channels and LFPs in real-time towards the brain-control of a behavioral task. Through multiple publications and presentations Dr. Chhatbar demonstrated that the combined neural predictions of position (kinematics) and torque (dynamics) allowed superior control of a virtual arm. In 2011 Dr. Chhatbar joined the Kara Lab in Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Neurosciences Department, Charleston, SC to broaden his expertise in two-photon and intrinsic signal/optical imaging. As a post-doctoral scholar he focused his research on neurovascular coupling at cellular and individual vessel levels. His post-doctoral work has already resulted in multiple publications and presentations and he anticipates publishing his newest results in a major scientific journal which would contribute towards more accurate decoding of neural activity from hemodynamic signals. As a Biomedical Engineering faculty Dr. Chhatbar intends to apply his clinical as well as bioinstrumentation/biomechanics/bioimaging expertise to advance the field of Neural Engineering with a specific interest in developing sensorimotor neuroprosthetic applications for the end-user.