Surabhi Simha, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Emory University


  • B.E., Biotechnology, Vishweswaraya Technological University, India, 2012
  • PhD, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2020


I’m curious about how our nervous systems control our movement. To understand this, I study the neural control, physiology, and mechanics of humans and the environments with which we interact. I use computer modelling and human-subject experiments in my research. My primary project now focusses on developing mechanistic models of muscle spindles using computer simulations to understand how our interactions with the environment affect our movements. During my PhD, I studied how we learn new walking gaits in novel environments, through a reinforcement learning framework. I’m also interested in understanding the role of different objectives, such as energy and stability, in shaping our movement.


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