Vivek Venkatachalam

Vivek Venkatachalam

Assistant Professor of Physics

Northeastern University

Vivek Venkatachalam is an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University. His group studies invertebrate neuronal activity through development using modern approaches to whole-brain calcium imaging, optogenetics, and quantitative behavior.

Prior to starting his lab at Northeastern, Vivek was a postdoctoral scholar in Aravi Samuel’s lab at Harvard, where he helped build tools for whole-brain calcium imaging in C. elegans. His PhD with Amir Yacoby focused on sensitive measurements of charge and heat in two-dimensional electron systems.

Education

  • PhD in Physics, 2012

    Harvard University

  • SB in Electrical Science and Engineering, 2006

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • SB in Physics, 2006

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology