Wasim Q. Malik, a member of the Neuroscience Statistics Research Lab at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), has been awarded the CIMIT Miles and Eleanor Shore Fellowship for 2011.
Dr. Malik, in addition to his appointment at MIT, is an instructor in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He is also affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, the Martinos Imaging Center, and Brown University. The award is given to an early career Harvard Medical School faculty applicant who represents the CIMIT values of academic excellence. Career development awards recognize individuals who seek careers focused on near-term impact on patient care, and whose philosophy embraces innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Malik received a DPhil in electrical engineering from the University of Oxford. He continued his training in David J. Edward’s laboratory at Oxford within the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he developed signal processing techniques for multi-gigabit wireless communications as part of his postdoctoral research. Malik then began his collaboration with Emery Brown at MIT and Leigh R. Hochberg at Brown where he addressed various areas in computational neuroscience such as two-photon image analysis techniques and brain-machine interfacing algorithms.
Dr. Malik will receive up to $50,000 to undertake research in the highly interdisciplinary field of neural prosthetics which encompasses neuroscience, clinical research, electrical engineering, mathematics and statistics. He will focus on designing a new generation of brain-machine interfaces to restore function in patients with limb loss or paralysis. He intends to develop robust neural prosthetics with considerably simpler signal processing which will have a high potential for transition from the laboratory to the clinic. Malik’s mentor, Emery Brown — a Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology professor and professor of computational neuroscience in BCS — will supervise his training and research activities in neuromotor disability. Brown is also the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, and is in active practice in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.