Karunesh Ganguly, PhD, MD


Dr. Karunesh Ganguly is a neurologist who specializes in neurorehabilitation, particularly for patients with gait or walking disorders. He also treats chronic neurological impairments following stroke or other brain injury. In his research, he studies new treatments for patients recovering from neurological conditions and injuries. He is specifically interested in the development of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) that have the potential to revolutionize the care of neurologically impaired patients by allowing electronic devices to directly interface with the brain. Development of these devices could eventually allow paralyzed patients to recover limb function and help retrain brain function after injury. He has authored numerous peer reviewed publications on this topic.

Ganguly earned a medical degree and Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004 in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his internal medicine and neurology training at UCSF. Ganguly is an associate professor in Neurology at UCSF.


UCSF Neurorehabilitation Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2273
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 2004


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2005
UCSF Medical Center, Neurology 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Tu-Chan AP, Natraj N, Godlove J, Abrams G, Ganguly K. Effects of somatosensory electrical stimulation on motor function and cortical oscillations. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Nov 13; 14(1):113.
  2. Gulati T, Guo L, Ramanathan DS, Bodepudi A, Ganguly K. Neural reactivations during sleep determine network credit assignment. Nat Neurosci. 2017 Sep; 20(9):1277-1284.
  3. Athalye VR, Ganguly K, Costa RM, Carmena JM. Emergence of Coordinated Neural Dynamics Underlies Neuroprosthetic Learning and Skillful Control. Neuron. 2017 Feb 22; 93(4):955-970.e5.
  4. Godlove J, Gulati T, Dichter B, Chang E, Ganguly K. Muscle synergies after stroke are correlated with perilesional high gamma. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Dec; 3(12):956-961.
  5. Godlove J, Gulati T, Dichter B, Chang E, Ganguly K. Muscle synergies after stroke are correlated with perilesional high gamma. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2016; 12(3):956-961.
  6. Ramanathan DS, Gulati T, Ganguly K. Sleep-Dependent Reactivation of Ensembles in Motor Cortex Promotes Skill Consolidation. PLoS Biol. 2015; 13(9):e1002263.
  7. Tsu AP, Burish MJ, GodLove J, Ganguly K. Cortical neuroprosthetics from a clinical perspective. Neurobiol Dis. 2015 Nov; 83:154-60.
  8. Gulati T, Won SJ, Ramanathan DS, Wong CC, Bodepudi A, Swanson RA, Ganguly K. Robust neuroprosthetic control from the stroke perilesional cortex. J Neurosci. 2015 Jun 03; 35(22):8653-61.
  9. Wong CC, Ramanathan DS, Gulati T, Won SJ, Ganguly K. An automated behavioral box to assess forelimb function in rats. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 May 15; 246:30-7.
  10. Ganguly K, Abrams GM. Neurologic rehabilitation. Semin Neurol. 2014 Nov; 34(5):483-4.
  11. Gulati T, Ramanathan DS, Wong CC, Ganguly K. Reactivation of emergent task-related ensembles during slow-wave sleep after neuroprosthetic learning. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Aug; 17(8):1107-13.
  12. Ganguly K, Poo MM. Activity-dependent neural plasticity from bench to bedside. Neuron. 2013 Oct 30; 80(3):729-41.
  13. Ganguly K, Byl NN, Abrams GM. Neurorehabilitation: motor recovery after stroke as an example. Ann Neurol. 2013 Sep; 74(3):373-81.
  14. Canolty RT, Ganguly K, Carmena JM. Task-dependent changes in cross-level coupling between single neurons and oscillatory activity in multiscale networks. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012; 8(12):e1002809.
  15. Ganguly K, Abrams GM. Management of chronic myelopathy symptoms and activities of daily living. Semin Neurol. 2012 Apr; 32(2):161-8.
  16. So K, Koralek AC, Ganguly K, Gastpar MC, Carmena JM. Assessing functional connectivity of neural ensembles using directed information. J Neural Eng. 2012 Apr; 9(2):026004.
  17. Canolty RT, Cadieu CF, Koepsell K, Ganguly K, Knight RT, Carmena JM. Detecting event-related changes of multivariate phase coupling in dynamic brain networks. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Apr; 107(7):2020-31.
  18. So K, Ganguly K, Jimenez J, Gastpar MC, Carmena JM. Redundant information encoding in primary motor cortex during natural and prosthetic motor control. J Comput Neurosci. 2012 Jun; 32(3):555-61.
  19. Ganguly K, Dimitrov DF, Wallis JD, Carmena JM. Reversible large-scale modification of cortical networks during neuroprosthetic control. Nat Neurosci. 2011 May; 14(5):662-7.
  20. Ganguly K, Carmena JM. Neural correlates of skill acquisition with a cortical brain-machine interface. J Mot Behav. 2010 Nov; 42(6):355-60.

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