About

tara1I am presently Co-founder and Chief Scientist of SciSphere and Chairman and Managing Director of Madura Microfinance. I did a BA in Mathematics at  Brandeis University and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management and then (quite logically) went on to do a PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford. My postdoctoral work was in the Section on Critical Brain Dynamics at the National Institutes of Health.  I have also been a Visiting Scientist at NCBS, a refreshing oasis in Bangalore. Before venturing into neuroscience, I also worked in the pharma industry (in Marketing and then Strategic Scientific Planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Jersey) and ran a textile manufacturing unit in India where I learned a good bit about labour unions.

 

brain-networkMy interest lies in understanding the structure and dynamics of human and neural systems and how one shapes the other.  What makes us do what we do and how do we come together to create the world? In the quest for self-knowledge, I am (among others) my own subject:  this is a reconstruction of my brain network from a recent EEG recording using a method of manifold mapping adapted from Sugihara et al.  The more red, the stronger the  link between two regions. Take from it what you will (can’t give away too much about my inner workings!).

 

AutocorrelationCuriously, there is  a  precisely 8 Hz oscillation in my brain activity under certain conditions that  is particularly strong and temporally extended in the left parietotemporal region, an association area where auditory, visual and somatosensory information come together. You can see it in the autocorrelation shown on the left.   We haven’t found this yet in the many others we have recorded from. We’re all strange in some way!