Research Team

Prasad Shirvalkar, MD, PhD

Head of Lab
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology (Pain Management)
Department of Neurological Surgery
Department of Neurology
Weill Institute of Neuroscience, UCSF School of Medicine


Dr. Prasad Shirvalkar is the Principal Investigator of UCSF Clinical Trials for refractory chronic pain (NCT03029884 and NCT04144972) and a neurologist and interventional pain medicine specialist at the UCSF Pain Management Center at Mount Zion. He provides the full spectrum of care for chronic pain conditions, including conservative, nonsurgical treatments such as medications and nerve blocks (anesthetic injections near nerves that are sending pain signals). He also treats patients with advanced neuromodulation therapy by implanting peripheral and spinal cord stimulators, which are devices that relieve pain by sending electrical signals to the spine.


Kristin Sellers, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor  


Yiyuan Han, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

[email protected]


Jeremy Saal

PhD Student - Neuroscience


Julian Motzkin MD, PhD

Assistant Professor