Joseph E. O'Doherty, Ph.D.


Research Interests

Brain-machine interfaces & neuroprosthesis, electrical stimulation, movement, somatosensation, multisensory integration.

Curriculum vitæ PhD Dissertation Pubmed Google Scholar


UCSF Department of Physiology
San Francisco, CA 94143-0444
joeyo (at)

Research Articles

  1. Makin, J.G., O'Doherty, J.E., Cardoso, M.M.B, & P.N. Sabes. (2018).
    Superior arm-movement decoding from cortex with a new, unsupervised-learning algorithm.
    Journal of Neural Engineering, 15(2): 026010.
  2. Dadarlat, M.C., O'Doherty, J.E., & P.N. Sabes. (2015).
    A learning-based approach to artificial sensory feedback leads to optimal integration.
    Nature Neuroscience, 18(1): 138–144.
  3. Shokur, S., O'Doherty, J.E., Winans, J.A., Bleuler, H., Lebedev, M.A., & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2013).
    Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(37): 15121–15126.
  4. Medina, L.E., Lebedev, M.A., O'Doherty, J.E. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2012).
    Stochastic facilitation of artificial tactile sensation in primates.
    The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(41): 14271–14275.
  5. Hanson, T.L., Ómarsson, B., O'Doherty, J.E., Peikon I.D., Lebedev M.A. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2012).
    High-side digitally current controlled biphasic bipolar microstimulator.
    IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 20(3): 331–340.
  6. O'Doherty, J.E., Lebedev, M.A., Li, Z. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2012).
    Virtual active touch using randomly patterned intracortical microstimulation.
    IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 20(1): 85–93.
  7. O'Doherty, J.E., Lebedev, M.A., Ifft, P.J., Zhuang, K.Z., Shokur, S. Bleuler, H. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2011).
    Active tactile exploration using a brain-machine-brain interface.
    Nature, 479(7372): 228–231.
  8. Li, Z., O'Doherty, J.E., Lebedev, M.A. and M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2011).
    Adaptive decoding for brain-machine interfaces through Bayesian parameter updates.
    Neural Computation, 23(12): 3162–3204.
  9. Lebedev, M.A., Tate, A.J., Hanson, T.L., Li, Z., O'Doherty, J.E., Winans, J.A., Ifft, P.J., Zhuang, K.Z., Fitzsimmons, N.A., Schwarz, D.A., Fuller, A.M., An, J.H. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2011).
    Future developments in brain-machine interface research.
    Clinics (Sao Paulo), 66(S1): 25–32.
    PMCID: PMC3118434 PDF
  10. O'Doherty J.E., Lebedev M.A., Hanson T.L., Fitzsimmons N.A. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2009).
    A brain-machine interface instructed by direct intracortical microstimulation.
    Front. Integr. Neurosci., 3: 20.
    doi:10.3389/neuro.07.020.2009 PDF
  11. Li, Z., O'Doherty, J.E., Hanson, T.L., Lebedev, M.A., Henriquez, C.S. &M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2009).
    Unscented Kalman filter for brain-machine interfaces.
    PLoS ONE, 4(7): e6243.
    doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006243 PDF
  12. Lebedev, M.A., O'Doherty, J.E. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2008).
    Decoding of temporal intervals from cortical ensemble activity.
    J. Neurophysiol., 99(1): 166–186.
  13. Zacksenhouse, M., Lebedev, M.A., Carmena, J.M., O'Doherty, J.E., Henriquez, C.S. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2007).
    Cortical Modulations Increase in Early Sessions with Brain-Machine Interface.
    PLoS ONE, 2(7): e619.
    doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000619 PDF
  14. Lebedev, M.A., Carmena, J.M., O'Doherty, J.E., Zacksenhouse, M., Henriquez, C.S., Principe, J.C. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2005).
    Cortical Ensemble Adaptation to Represent Velocity of an Artificial Actuator Controlled by a Brain-Machine Interface.
    J. Neurosci., 25(19): 4681–4693.
  15. Carmena, J.M., Lebedev, M.A., Crist, R.E., O'Doherty, J.E., Santucci, D.M., Dimitrov, D.F., Patil, P.G., Henriquez, C.S. & M.A.L. Nicolelis. (2003).
    Learning to Control a Brain.Machine Interface for Reaching and Grasping by Primates.
    PLoS Biology., 1(2): e42.
    doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0000042 PDF
  16. Gumber, S.C. & J.E. O'Doherty. (1999).
    Digestive disease resources on the internet.
    Am. J. Gastroenterol., 94(8): 2022–2032.

Book Chapters

  1. Dadarlat, M.C., O'Doherty, J.E. and P. N. Sabes. (2014).
    A learning-based approach to artificial sensory feedback, in
    Brain-Computer Interface Research: A State of the Art Summary 3. Guger, C., Vaughan, T. and B. Allison, Editors. Springer.
  2. Hanson, T.L., Fitzsimmons, N.A. and J.E. O'Doherty. (2007).
    Technology for Multielectrode MicroStimulation of Brain Tissue, in
    Methods for Neural Ensemble Recordings, Second Edition. Nicolelis, M.A.L., Editor. CRC Press.
    PMID: 21204445

Notable Citations ;-)

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Research Highlights

dadarlat 2015 nature neuro cover illustration
ICMS Integration

bci award 2013
BCI Award 2013

shokur 2013 pnas highlight
Rubber Hand Illusion

o'doherty 2011 nature highlight

li 2011 neco cover
Adaptive Decoding

lebedev 2005 jn cover
Ensemble Adaptation

revista folia de sao paulo cover


Conference Posters