Zhi-De Deng, PhD
Engineer | Physicist | Brain Stimulation Researcher
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Dr. Deng is 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 45th Annual Internation Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, panel on Computational analysis of non-invasive neuromodulation constructs: Brain and spine.
Zhi presented at the 5th European Conference on Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry, panel on Beyond clinical syndromes: understanding mechanisms of neuromodulation from a dimensional perspective.
Zhi presented on Computational Model Driven Design for Brain Stimulation.
Zhi presented at the 6th International Brain Stimulation Conference, panel on Advanced computational modeling and optimization methods for noninvasive brain stimulation.
Zhi presented on Model-Driven Design for Brain Stimulation Therapies.
Zhi presented on Electromagnetic Brain Stimulation From Low to High Intensity.
2023: Pei presented a poster at the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society on our work on rotating permanent magnet stimulation.
2023: Pei won NIMH IRP Trainee Travel Award.
2023: Moritz presented a poster at the NIMH Scientific Training Day on the next generation dosing-optimized transcranial magnetic stimulation (DO-TMS).
2023: Zhi elected a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
2023: Justin Kim presented a poster at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference on our work on multichannel individualized stimulation therapy system.
2022: Pei Robins won first place at International Student Competition at the Brain and Human Body Modeling Conference, hosted by the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.
2022: Zhi's artwork, "Brain: An Intricate Web", was voted first place in the Science as Art Competition at the NIMH Scientific Training Day.
2022: Zhi elected an Associate Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
2022: Dr. Moritz Dannhauer joined the Computational Neurostimulation Research Program. He was previously Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University.
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