Our Research Team and Collaborators


Faculty

Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD, MPH, FASA
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 well-being, Sepideh joyfully serves the center as the Program Manager and is an Instructor of Anesthesia at HMS. Her current research is focused on the use of meditation-based interventions to better understand and enhance brain health, cognition, and optimal aging.


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.


Priyam Mathur, MS
Priyam Mathur, MS

Priyam Mathur, MS
Project Manager

Ms. Mathur graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Biology and a BA in Communication and Media studies. She continued to Indiana University, where she completed her Master's in Health Informatics. Priyam's interest in data management led her to an internship with Dr. Subramaniam's lab where she then worked as the project lead for the NIH-funded Dynamic Biomarkers trial. She is currently a Project Manager with Sadhguru Center. Her expertise is in data management of complex biomarker datasets and large grant-funded clinical trials.


Nashaw Jafari, MA
Nashaw Jafari, MA

Nashaw Jafari, MA
Project Administrator

Nashaw graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master of Acupuncture (MAc) with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization. She received her MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. She graduated from Soka University of America with a BA degree in Liberal Arts and a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Nashaw supports with outreach, research, and administration.


Preeti Upadhyay, MPH
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.


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.


Alkananda Behera, MD
Alkananda Behera, MD

Alkananda Behera, MD
Research Fellow

Alkananda received her medical degree (MBBS) and completed her residency in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. She underwent further training as a Senior Resident in Anesthesia, independently involved in pediatric, obstetric, critical care, trauma and other high-risk surgeries, from the same institute. She joined SCCP in August 2021 as a Clinical Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Subramaniam. Her research interests include perioperative outcomes, cognition studies, regional anesthesia and pain management.


Michael R. Goldstein, PhD
Research Fellow

Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist with research training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, '10), University of Arizona (PhD, '19), and Harvard Medical School (Certificates in Clinical Effectiveness and Sleep Medicine, '22). His clinical specializations include behavioral medicine, insomnia, mindfulness, and digital tools to enhance clinical care. His research focuses on sleep, depression, stress and resilience, EEG, heart rate variability, and mind-body interventions, with funding from the National Science Foundation, Mind and Life Institute, and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.


Hibiki Orui, MA
Hibiki Orui, MA

Hibiki Orui, MA
Biostatistician

Hibiki Orui graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Arts in Biostatistics. He is interested in analyses of clinical research and observational studies. His main focus is to ensure the research project/studies are appropriately designed, properly analyzed, and suitably interpreted for the collaborators.


Shilpa Narayanan, BS
Shilpa Narayanan, BS

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.


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.


Akila Rayapuraju
Akila Rayapuraju, BA

Akila Rayapuraju, BA
Clinical Research Assistant

Akila completed her BA with a major in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and a minor in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. During her time at university, she worked on various research projects ranging from the effects of oxytocin receptors in the spinal cord and DRG on tactile sensitivity, to the impact of mindfulness-based practices on student wellbeing and perception of social groups in higher education. She also served on the executive board of Active Minds, the largest student-run mental health organization at Rutgers University. Akila is interested in studying mind-body therapies as a way to promote mental health and overall well-being.


Enas El-Zubeir, MD, MMSc-GHD
Enas El-Zubeir, MD

Enas El-Zubeir, MD, MMSc-GHD
Clinical Research Assistant

Enas El-Zubeir graduated from the University of Technological Science in Sudan. She practiced medicine in Sudan and the United Arab Emirates. In May 2021, Enas earned her Master's degree in Social Medicine and Global Health Delivery from Harvard Medical School. She currently works as a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Enas is passionate about topics related to social medicine and uses her qualitative research skills to understand different communities' perspectives toward wrong cultural practices that can cause harm to their health. Currently, Enas advocates against female genital mutilation in USA.


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 Muehlschlegel, MD (Brigham and Women's Hospital, 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)