Hari Bharadwaj, PhD

I am currently a Research Fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH; Charlestown, MA). Prior to this, I completed my PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Center for Computation Neuroscience and Neural Technology at Boston University, (Boston, MA). I am also affiliated with the McGovern Institute of Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) where I conduct some of my human neuroimaging experiments.

My work is interdisciplinary in nature and is broadly based on the use of behavioral experiments and computational models along with non-invasive physiological  measures such as otoacoustic emissions, electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanisms underlying auditory perception. In particular, I am interested in how we process sounds and analyze acoustic scenes that contain many sources of sound such as in everyday environments.  To experimentally investigate auditory processing along different levels of the auditory pathway, I use otoacoustic emissions, electrophysiological responses from the brainstem and cortical spatio-temporal imaging methods such as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). I also attempt to take advantage of the vibrant auditory research community in the Boston area through active collaborations. Though I often engage in basic scientific research, the overarching goal of my research is to help translate cutting edge knowledge of auditory neurophysiology to effective clinical tools. This includes developing methods and devices that will (1) assist patients with hearing difficulties, (2) serve as biomarkers for diagnosis and (importantly) stratification in clinical conditions such as central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD),  (3) decode brain signals for brain-machine interfaces and (4) mimic perception in machines.  Please visit my research page for some more information. 
"Hari is brilliant and excellent at explaining concepts. Give this man a job as a professor already! "
- Anonymous student while evaluating my role in teaching BE401 Signals and Systems at Boston University. Visit my teaching page for more information and unedited student reviews.


12/05/2014: Manuscript "Individual differences reveal correlates of hidden hearing deficits" wins best student paper award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.

11/28/2014: Manuscript "Individual differences reveal correlates of hidden hearing deficits" accepted for publication in The Journal of Neuroscience.

5/6/2014: PhD dissertation  "Individual Differences in Supra-Threshold Auditory Perception - Mechanisms and Objective Correlates", was chosen as the Best Dissertation in BME this year at Boston University.

5/5/2014: Presented invited talk titled "Individual differences revealed by listening in a complex/crowded scene" at the 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).