ABOUT

PERSONAL DETAILS
appukuttan.shailesh@gmail.com
I am interested in the application of computational techniques to challenges in inter-disciplinary domains. I believe this holds immense potential for paving the way forward towards development of new and novel approaches to tackling existing issues.

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ABOUT ME

I did my undergraduate studies in computer science, and then worked for a year in the IT industry, before rejoining academia. In August 2015, I completed my integrated Masters-PhD in biomedical engineering. My doctoral work involved the modeling of 3-D syncytium of smooth muscle networks to understand their functioning and control by the central and peripheral nervous systems. We collaborated with an experimental lab on the same.

Alongside, to broaden my knowledge, I took up projects such as modeling of Callosal neurons and also assisted a colleague in modeling Medium Spiny Neurons. Being a computer science engineer who moved to biosciences, I would position myself as a researcher who is well equipped on the computational and mathematical aspects. To strengthen my biological understanding, I volunteered and was selected for teaching assistantship in relevant courses such as Biopotentials, Bioelectricity and Advanced Cellular Electrophysiology. Alongside, I had been the head teaching assistant for a course on virtual instrumentation for three years. This led to the development of a set of four tutorials which are now available as mini e-books on Amazon.

Till recently, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Neuroinformatics Group (led by Dr. Andrew Davison) at NeuroPSI, CNRS (Paris-Saclay) working on the Human Brain Project (HBP/EBRAINS). My work involved the design and development of a model validation framework for neuroscience, as well as other tools to assist reproducible science. I have collaborated closely with several research groups, and developed validation test suites focusing on systematic assessment and benchmarking of models developed via their existing workflows. Alongside, I am also involved in the development of PyNN, a simulator-independent language for building neuronal network models.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

2009-2015 : Won Five Football Tournaments at IIT Bombay
2010-2012 : Served as Departmental Student Council Web Secretary
2009-2010 : Best Defender Award at IFL, IIT Bombay
2007-2008 : Served as Sports Secretary of SIES Graduate School of Technology
2007-2008 : Helped conduct IEEE Technical Festival and Cultural Festival
2006-2007 : Served as Deputy Sports Secy of SIES Graduate School of Technology
2006-2008 : Organized SIES GST Sports Festival – Lakshya ’07, ‘08
2005-2008 : Captained SIES Graduate School of Technology Football Team
MEMBERSHIP
  • 2013
    now

    Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS)

    Director (Jan 2021 - Dec 2023) https://www.cnsorg.org
  • 2020
    now

    INCF/OCNS Software WG

    Co-chair and founding member
  • 2022
    now

    Frontiers in Systems Biology

    Integrative Systems Neuroscience - Review editor
  • 2019
    now

    Signaling And Neurophysiology Knowledge-resource for Experiments and Theory (SANKET)

  • 2018
    2020

    Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP)

    on Program Committee for 'HPC for Neuroscience'
    http://www.pdp2020.com/specialsessions/pacnes/pacnes.html
  • 2018
    2019

    Society for Neuroscience (SFN)