Our Research Team and Collaborators


Faculty

Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD
Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD

Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD, MPH, FASA
Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Ellison "Jeep" Pierce Chair of Anesthesia, BIDMC
Director, Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02215

Dr. Subramaniam received his medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER, Pondicherry, India) and completed his residency in anesthesiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He received his postdoctoral training in anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital in Boston. Dr. Subramaniam completed fellowships in Cardiac Anesthesia, and Transesophageal Echocardiography at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also obtained an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2014, he has served as the Director of the Center for Anesthesia Research Excellence (CARE). In 2019 he was appointed as the first incumbent of the Ellison "Jeep" Pierce Chair of Anesthesia at BIDMC. Dr. Subramaniam's research focuses on improving perioperative outcomes and, more recently on the benefits of mindfulness practices on health outcomes and general well-being. In October, 2020 he opened the Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet: Enhancing Consciousness, Cognition, and Compassion and will direct the Center.


Kestas Kveraga, PhD
Kestas Kveraga, PhD

Kestas Kveraga, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia

Kestutis Kveraga, PhD joins our Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet as an Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at HMS. Dr. Kveraga was previously a faculty member at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he held an appointment of Assistant Professor of Radiology at HMS and was the Director of the Visual Neurodynamics Lab at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in the Department of Radiology. Dr. Kveraga received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts in Experimental Psychology and his PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. He did a fellowship in neuroimaging at HMS and MGH. Dr. Kveraga is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in brain imaging and recording techniques (MRI, MEG, EEG), visual psychophysics, and eye- and limb-tracking. He is also skilled in brain connectivity analyses, such as dynamic causal modeling (DCM) and phase-locking analyses.


Valluvan Rangasamy, MD
Valluvan Rangasamy, MD

Valluvan Rangasamy, MD
Instructor in Anaesthesia

Valluvan Rangasamy, MD received his MBBS from Stanley Medical College in India and his Medical Degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he also did his residency in Anesthesiology. He pursued higher level training in the UK and served as a senior registrar in the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, where he was involved in high risk surgeries, obstetric, anesthesia, and critical care. Dr. Rangasamy completed a clinical fellowship with our department in 2019. He is active in clinical research as well in areas such as perioperative outcomes, hemodynamics, and frailty.


Shahla Siddiqui, MD
Shahla Siddiqui, MD

Shahla Siddiqui, MD
Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia

Shahla Siddiqui, MBBS, DABA, MSc, FCCM received her medical degree from Aga Khan University in Pakistan and her MSc in Medical Ethics from the University Singapore. Dr. Siddiqui did her anesthesia residency at the University of Maryland and a critical care fellowship at Columbia University. In addition to her clinical work, she has had an active research career and has many areas of interest, including inter-professional education, health-science qualitative research, ICU burnout, sepsis in the ICU, the genomics of sepsis and ICU outcomes. She is also very interested in medical ethics and related topics such as compassion in medicine, an areas where she has several active projects.


Staff

Sepideh Hariri, PhD
Sepideh Hariri, PhD

Sepideh Hariri, PhD
Instructor in Anaesthesia
Program Manager

Dr. Sepideh Hariri received her PhD in Physics with a research focus in Biophysics and Medical Imaging, from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2013. Since then, she has been an active educator and researcher. Sepideh also received her BSC in Physics from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran and her MSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Iran University of Science and Technology. Following her lifelong passion for exploring the deeper dimensions of life and empowering others to find wellbeing, Sepideh is joyfully serving the center as the Program Manager and Instructor of Anaesthesia at HMS.


Tulsi Mehta Chase, Ed.M.
Tulsi Mehta Chase, Ed.M.

Tulsi Mehta Chase, Ed.M.
Head of Education and Outreach

Tulsi Mehta Chase, Ed.M. is an International wellness educator with over 2,000 hours of training from the renowned Classical Hatha Yoga School at Isha Yoga Centre, India. With a BA in Movement Studies from Pomona College and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has designed and facilitated wellness workshops and trainings for more than seven years. Tulsi has led numerous wellness initiatives for people ages 7-75, in various communities from small towns in India to big cities in the United States, including for leaders at Harvard, Google, and Amazon. She brings creativity, passion, and a strong spiritual foundation to her work in education, community outreach, and to her art.


Pooja Mathur
Pooja Mathur

Pooja Mathur, BA
Project Manager

Ms. Mathur graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and History. She joined Dr. Subramaniam's research team as a Research Student in 2013, and is currently a Project Manager. She has extensive experience in the management and prioritization of research protocols.


Shilpa Narayanan
Shilpa Narayanan

Shilpa Narayanan, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Narayanan has experience in multiple research fields including neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychopharmacology, cancer research, and clinical research in anesthesia and pain medicine. She has learned techniques involving various assays and analysis, specimen collection, and experimental design. Additionally, she has been trained in the treatment and usage of animal models for different research projects. Ms. Narayanan has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Psychological Sciences from the University of Connecticut.


Preeti Upadhyay
Preeti Upadhyay, MPH

Preeti Upadhyay, MPH
Clinical Research Fellow

Preeti completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Kathmandu University before shifting her focus to pursue a career in global health. Preeti has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Sydney and is now pursuing a Masters in Global Project Management (MGPM) from Torrens University to add leadership and management frameworks to her repertoire. She joined Dr. Subramaniam’s lab in July of 2019 as a Clinical Research Fellow and has since focused on mindfulness-based studies. Preeti is interested in topics relating to mind-body therapies, and her strong understanding of study design, implementation, data analysis, and project management have served her well in this role.


Tanvi Khera, MD
Tanvi Khera, MD

Tanvi Khera, MD
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr. Khera trained in Anesthesiology and Critical care from Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India and joined the team as a Post Doctoral clinical research fellow in July 2019. She works on research projects that seek to establish the cause-and-effect relationship between the post-operative state and cognitive dysfunction. Her research interests include improving perioperative patient outcomes, pain management, and developing safe anesthesia practices.


Isha Mishra, B Tech, MPH
Isha Mishra, B Tech, MPH

Isha Mishra, B Tech, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ms. Mishra completed her Biomedical Engineering from VIT, India. She recently graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with an MPH. She is keen on developing a research career in data science.


Akshaj Joshi, BA
Akshaj Joshi, BA

Akshaj Joshi, BA
Clinical Research Assistant

Mr. Joshi completed his BA with a major in Neurobiology and a minor in Mandarin Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley. During his time at the university, he founded a student organization offering a student-taught course on the mind-body problem and also interned at the University of California, San Francisco researching glial function. He is interested in studying the science and philosophy of consciousness.


Maria Gonçalves, PhD
Maria Gonçalves, PhD

Maria Gonçalves, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Gonçalves is a chemist, neuroscientist and educator who holds a PhD degree in Neurosciences with a focus on Neuropsychiatry (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2018). Her main scientific interest is to better understand how the brain, the gut and the immune system respond to external factors such as stressful routines and eating habits. She is passionately moved by the purpose of offering integrative approaches to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms and to promote mental health and wellbeing to those in need. Dr. Gonçalves is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying the gut-brain connection.


Collaborators

  • Senthil Sadhasivam, MD, MPH, MBA
    Vice-Chair, Research, Indiana University, IN
  • Tracy F.H. Chang, PhD
    Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, Brunswick, NJ
  • Raj K. Maturi, MD
    Ophthalmology, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and St Vincent Indianapolis Hospital & Heart Center, IN
  • Mayur Mudigonda, PhD
    Research Affiliate, Berkeley National Lab, CA
  • Miguel Angel Armengol de la Hoz, PhD
    Research Affiliate, Critical Data LCP at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Vijayendran Chandran, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, School of Medicine, FL
PANDORA* Collaborators
  • Daniel S. Talmor, MD, MPH (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
  • Edward R. Marcantonio, MD, SM (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
  • Olawaseun Johnson-Akeju, MD (Mass General Brigham, HMS, Boston)
  • Kathirvel Subramaniam, MD, MPH (UPMC, Pittsburgh)
  • Daniel Mueschlengl, MD (Mass General Brigham, HMS, Boston)
  • Amit Bardia, MD (Yale University)
  • Jean-Francois Pittet, MD (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

*Prophylactic 6-hourly Intravenous Acetaminophen to Prevent Postoperative Delirium in Older Cardiac Surgical Patients (PANDORA)

PATHFINDER* Collaborator
  • Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD (MIT and MGH)

*Perioperative Multimodal General Anesthesia Focusing on Specific CNS Targets in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgeries (PATHFINDER)

Signal Analysis Collaborators
  • Ary L. Goldberger, MD (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
  • Madalena Costa, PhD (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
Prehabilitation Collaborator
  • Brian P. O'Gara, MD, MPH (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
Cognition Biomarker Collaborators
  • Edward R. Marcantonio, MD, SM (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)
  • Towia Libermann, PhD (BIDMC, HMS, Boston)