Vijay Sadashivaiah

I’m a Staff Scientist at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, where I’m integrating large-scale, heterogeneous datasets to extract relevant biomarkers pertaining to neuro-developmental disorders. Particularly, I’m exploring novel data-driven methods to analyze imaging, genetic and physiological data to identify the underlying biological pathways involved in Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. I received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the PES Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. For my Master’s thesis, I worked at the Institute for Computational Medicine, with Dr. Sridevi Sarma to study the underlying neural mechanisms of action in electrical stimulation therapies for chronic pain.

Before coming to Hopkins, I spent a summer at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where I worked with Dr. Carl Petersen to study the neural circuits involved in goal directed sensorimotor transformations.

This is my NeuroTree and my Erdős number is 4.

I was born in Bangalore, India but spent most of my time growing up in Tumkur. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking and backpacking. I’ve hiked (or climbed or backpacked) in Hawaii, South Korea, Switzerland, India and mainland USA.


Human body is a complex network of cells that are interacting with each other. While my ancestors from India believed the body to be a god’s creation, I consider it as a complex system that helps us with everyday activities. I seek to understand how our physical world (e.g., our bodies, our brains), interacts with the mental worlds (e.g., our perceptions, experiences, memories, thoughts, emotions, psychiatric conditions). I want to contribute to this endeavor through computational modeling and data analysis. I strongly believe in reproducible research, so all my codes are available on github.