Vivek Prabhakaran

Position title: Co-Director of the Institutional Career Development TL1 Program


Vivek Prabhakaran, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology, serves as a Co-Director of the Institutional Career Development TL1 Program. He earned his MD and PhD from Stanford Medical School and completed a combined residency/fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital with board certifications in n Neurology, Radiology, and Neuroradiology.

Prabhakaran joined the faculty of UW-Madison in July 2008 as faculty in Radiology (Neuroradiology) with affiliate appointments in Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, and the Neuroscience Training Program.  His MD/PhD research training in cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, and clinical training in neurology, radiology, and neuroradiology gave him a unique background for neurotranslational research. The goal of his research program is to develop MRI based biomarkers in patient populations such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy for diagnosis, prognosis, and disease tracking.

The Prabhakaran research group uses connectome imaging involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and other advanced neuroimaging as well as behavioral measures in developing these biomarkers. His group is also looking at various neuromodulation tools (Brain Computer Interface and Cranial Nerve Neuromodulation technology) in various populations and characterizing imaging, cognitive and motor changes due to neuromodulation.

His research accomplishments include over 110 peer-reviewed journal publications including high profile seminal papers in Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, and Journal of Neurophysiology, and over 200 presentations and symposiums at various regional, national, and international meetings, which have made an impact in both scientific and public arenas, including coverage in NPR, BBC, CBS News, Scientific American, and other media.