Dr. Rahul Shah

Dr. Rahul Shah

Clinical Research Fellow

Rahul Shah is a trainee neurosurgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and is funded by a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship for Clinicians to undertake his D.Phil. in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences with the Sharott Group. Rahul graduated with honours from Leicester Medical School in 2010, during which he did electives at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA. As an academic foundation doctor in Southampton, Rahul undertook a 4-month period of research with Peter Magill and Andrew Sharott at the University of Oxford, and also gained his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Rahul’s research is focused on the dysfunction of cortico-striatal-thalamocortical loop circuits, which have been implicated in a spectrum of movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia) and neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette syndrome). Although electrical stimulation delivered at various nodes within these loop circuits offers a promising neurosurgical strategy for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, little rationale currently exists for target selection or for the spatiotemporal parameters of stimulation. As part of the wider Unit’s core aim of developing brain-computer interfaces that selectively target circuit malfunctions in brain disorders, Rahul uses state-of-the-art techniques to define the electrophysiological signatures and behavioural correlates of abnormal neuronal dynamics in basal-ganglia recipient thalamocortical projections.