Shahab Vahdat, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

  • Postdoctoral Training in Neurotreatment & Pathophysiology of Ischemic Stroke, Stanford University (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Training in Spinal Cord Neuroimaging & Electrophysiology, University of Montreal (2016)
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology-Movement Neuroscience, McGill University (2013)
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2008)
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran (2005)

Contact Info

FLG 132F
P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
(352) 294-1618 | 


Shahab Vahdat is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology. His research focuses on the mechanisms of neural plasticity in the sensorimotor system using both human and rodent models. He joined UF after completing two postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and University of Montreal, where he studied neurotreatment and pathophysiology of ischemic stroke in rodents, as well as spinal cord functional neuroimaging and electrophysiology in humans. Current work in his lab aims to understand how the brain and spinal cord circuits interact and remodel to support learning and recovery after stroke. His lab uses a variety of multimodal techniques including simultaneous brain and spinal cord fMRI, paired-pulse nerve stimulation, and robotic training. In rodents, he uses optogenetic fMRI for cell-type specific stimulation and visualization of neural populations. He has published his research in journals that include Journal of Neuroscience, PLOS Biology, eLife, Cerebral Cortex, and Stroke.

Research Interests

  • Neuroplasticity in motor learning and stroke recovery
  • Brain and Spinal cord functional neuroimaging
  • Optogenetic fMRI in rodents


  • Movement Neuroscience