UCL Division of Biosciences


UCL Neuroscience researcher is named Schmidt Science Fellow

31 May 2023

Harsha Gurnani is the recipient of the prestigious award which supports the world's best emerging scientists.

Harsha Gurnani

The Schmidt Science Fellows programme provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries. As a recipient of the fellowship, Harsha Gurnani, who was nominated by the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences for the Schmidt Science Fellow 2022 cohort, will work with Professor Bing Brunton at the University of Washington. 

Harsha Gurnani completed her Phd in Neuroscience at UCL, where she used new microscopy techniques and combined experimental and computational approaches to investigate the structure of inhibitory network activity in the cerebellum and advance our understanding of these circuits in the brain.

After transitioning from neuroscience to biomedical engineering, Harsha's new focus is on developing techniques to understand the structure and behavior of neural networks using recorded brain activity. She aims to create intelligent and efficient control algorithms that can guide these networks. This mathematical framework has the potential to enhance the effectiveness and control of brain-computer interfaces used in rehabilitation for individuals with spinal injuries or stroke.

Harsha's research aims to improve the usability and availability of these interfaces, enabling a wider range of patients to regain mobility, independence, and the ability to communicate.

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Schmidt Science Fellows

Harsha Gurnani's Schmidt Science Fellows profile