Vishwanath Sankarasubramanian

Vishwanath (Vish) Sankarasubramanian, Ph.D.

Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Vishwanath (Vish) Sankarasubramanian is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Neuromodulation Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Vish completed his Master’s degree (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering at the Aachen University of Technology (in Germany), and obtained his doctorate (PhD) from the University of Twente (in the Netherlands). His doctoral work focused on the use of computer models to understand the bio-electric effects of the popular spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain management and its potential therapeutic mechanisms of action. Vish then obtained his postdoctoral training at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University (both in Cleveland, Ohio) in the field of neurostimulation for pain and stroke. In 2016, Vish joined the Neuromodulation Laboratory at the University of Michigan (headed by Dr. Scott Lempka). Vish’s research aims to characterize the mechanisms of action of popular clinical neurostimulation therapies for chronic pain management (e.g. spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation). He works closely with investigators at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC), headed by Professor Dr. Daniel Clauw, where he conducts mechanistic human studies. These studies will help provide the knowledge necessary to address shortcomings in current neurostimulation therapies and to innovate novel neurostimulation technologies that can dramatically improve clinical outcomes. Vish is also currently a part of the Postdoctoral Translational Scholar Program (PTSP) in the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) for his translational research on neurostimulation therapies for chronic pain management.