Zhi-De Deng, PhD
Engineer | Physicist | Brain Stimulation Researcher
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Dr. Deng is a Staff Scientist, Director of the Computational Neurostimulation Research Program, Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit, at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine. He received the SB degree in physics, SB and MEng in electrical engineering and computer science, with a minor in economics, from MIT. He received PhD and MPhil in electrical engineering, with a graduate minor in neuroscience, from Columbia University. He completed postdoctoral training at Duke and research fellowship at NIMH.
Zhi's research focuses on computational approaches 1) to understand the physics and biophysics of neurostimulation, 2) to optimize dosing and individualization, and 3) to advance noninvasive brain stimulation technology development via model-informed design. His work on electric field modeling of transcranial magnetic stimulation is widely cited and provided evidence that informed regulatory clearance of TMS therapeutic systems. He has received career development award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and NARSAD Young Investigator Award to develop the next generation seizure therapy. His vision is to transform psychiatry through engineering innovation.
When not working at one of his three jobs, Zhi performs magic, cooks, and plays with his pets, who have their own Instagram page. Follow for updates. Or, you can do something productive with your life... but Zhi doesn't recommend it.
Zhi presented at the 4th European Conference on Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry, panel on What can we learn from ECT: Insights from the GEMRIC consortium.
Zhi presented at the VA Boston-BU School of Medicine-Harvard Neuropsychiatry Translational Research Fellowship Seminar, on Precision Neurostimulation: History, Physics, Computational Modeling, and Engineering.
Zhi presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting, on Precision Neurostimulation for Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders.
Zhi presented at the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting, on Neurobiological and Clinical Characterization, and Treatment Development for Depression.
Zhi presented at the Computational Modeling in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) Workshop.
Zhi presented at the MUV Neuroimaging Lab on Precision Seizure Therapy.
Zhi presented at the 2nd international symposium on Advancing Stimulation Precision Medicine of Brain Disorders.
Zhi presented at the Depression and Anxiety Center Seminar, on Rational Design of Individualized Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.
2020: Congratulations to Michael Dib on earning a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London!
2019, NIH: Zhi received NIMH Director's Award for scientific innovation at the interface of computation and psychiatry.
2019, NIH: Zhi promoted to Staff Scientist. He will direct the Computatonal Neurostimulation Research Program at NIMH.
2019: Congratulations to Alexandra on starting her PhD program at Penn State!
2019: Congratulations to Michelle on being admitted to University of Cincinnati College of Medicine! She's going to be a great pediatrician.
May 29, 2019, Scottsdale: Fun panel on treatment reistant mood disorder across the lifespan: novel therapeutics on the horizon, with Profs. Christoph Kraus, Jenny Dwyer, Bashkim Kadriu, and Carlos Zarate.
Feb 24, 2019, Vancouver: Zhi met his hero, Professor Tony Barker, inventor of TMS. If he were to pat you on the back, you would list it on your resume.
Sept 7, 2018, NIH: Zhi received the NIMH Richard J. Wyatt Memorial Fellowship Award for Translational Research, presented at the National Academy of Sciences.
May 2, 2018, NIH: Congratulations to Melbaliz Velez Afanador, on winning the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2018 NIH Postbac Poster Day. Download the poster here.
2018: Congratulations to Gabriela on starting her MD program at Stanford Medical School!
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