Sergey Stavisky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Stavisky is a neuroscientist and neuroengineer who co-directs the UC Davis Neuroprosthetics Lab. This lab develops brain-computer interfaces to restore speech and movement to people with paralysis (e.g., due to spinal-cord injury, stroke, or ALS). Dr. Stavisky also uses these pilot clinical trials to better understand the fundamental neurobiology of the human abilities that he is trying to restore.


Neurological Surgery

Undergraduate School

B.S., Brown University, Providence RI 2004

Other School

Ph.D., Neurosciences, Stanford University, Stanford CA 2016


Translational Neuroscience (postdoc), Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA 2016-2021

Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation by a Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, 2019, 2020, 2021

The Annual BCI Award, 1st Place, 2019

IOP Publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Neural Engineering, 2018

A. P. Giannini Foundation Fellow, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship, 2018, 2019, 2020

ALS Association Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016, 2017, 2018

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013, 2014, 2015

1st place, BRAIN Best Student Paper Competition, 36th Annual Meeting of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2014

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2013

Magna Cum Laude with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University Class of 2008, 2008

John P. Donoghue Prize for Undergraduate Distinction in Neurosciences, Brown University, 2008

Link to full bibliography:

Wilson GH, Stavisky SD, Willett FR, Avansino DT, Kelemen JN, Hochberg LR, Henderson JM, Druckman S, Shenoy KV. Decoding spoken English from intracortical electrode arrays in dorsal precentral gyrus. J Neural Eng. 2020;17:066007. doi:10.1088/1741-2552/abbfef.

Even-Chen N, Muratore D, Stavisky SD, Hochberg L, Henderson J, Murmann B, Shenoy KV. Power-saving design opportunities for wireless intracortical brain–computer interfaces. Nat Biomed Eng. 2020 Oct;4(10):984-996. doi:10.1038/s41551-020-0595-9. Epub 2020 Aug 3. PMID:32747834.

Stavisky SD, Willett FR, Avansino D, Hochberg LR, Shenoy* KV, Henderson* JM. Speech-related dorsal motor cortex activity does not interfere with iBCI cursor control. J Neural Eng. 2020 Feb 5;17(1):016049. doi:10.1088/1741-2552/ab5b72. PMID:32023225.

Trautmann E, Stavisky SD, Lahiri S, Ames KC, Kaufman M, O’Shea DJ, Vyas S, Sun X, Ryu S, Ganguli S, Shenoy KV. Accurate estimation of neural population dynamics without spike sorting. Neuron. 2019 Jul 17;103(2):292-308.e4. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2019.05.003. Epub 2019 Jun 3. PMID:31171448.

Pandarinath C, O’Shea DJ, Collins J, Jozefowicz R, Stavisky SD, Kao JC, Trautmann EM, Kaufman MT, Ryu SI, Hochberg LR, Henderson JM, Shenoy KV, Abbott LF, Sussillo D. Inferring single-trial neural population dynamics using sequential auto-encoders. Nat Methods. 2018 Oct;15(10):805-815. doi:10.1038/s41592-018-0109-9. Epub 2018 Sep 17. PMID:30224673.

Vyas S, Even-Chen N, Stavisky SD, Ryu SI, Nuyujukian P, Shenoy KV. Neural Population Dynamics Underlying Motor Learning Transfer. Neuron. 2018 Mar 7;97(5):1177-1186.e3. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2018.01.040. Epub 2018 Feb 15. PMID:29456026.

Stavisky SD, Kao JC, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV. Motor cortical visuomotor feedback activity is initially isolated from downstream targets in output-null neural state space dimensions. Neuron. 2017 Jul 5;95(1):195-208.e9. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.05.023. Epub 2017 Jun 15. PMID:28625485.

Stavisky SD, Kao, JC, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV. Trial-by-trial motor cortical correlates of a rapidly adapting visuomotor internal model. J Neurosci. 2017 Feb 15;37(7):1721-1732. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1091-16.2016. Epub 2017 Jan 13. PMID:28087767.

Sussillo D, Stavisky SD, Kao JC, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV. Making brain-machine interfaces robust to future neural variability. Nat Commun. 2016 Dec 13;7:13749. doi:10.1038/ncomms13749. PMID:27958268.