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In his research, ShiNung Ching has made contributions to systems and control engineering, as well as basic neuroscience and clinical engineering. He has most recently used control and dynamical systems theory to offer new insights into the mechanisms of general anesthesia and to develop new methods for closed-loop control of pharmacological coma states. Professor Ching’s research lies at the interface between systems and control engineering and neural medicine. His research projects will be interdisciplinary, focusing on questions in systems theory as well as basic science and clinical applications. He is particularly interested in the use of control theory and dynamical systems to elucidate brain network dynamics, mechanisms of neuroactive drugs and closed-loop methods for drug delivery and clinical management of pathological physiologic states.
Professor Ching was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in May 2013.
In addition to authoring articles in both engineering and basic science journals, Professor Ching is the lead author of the textbook Quasilinear Control (Cambridge University Press, 2011). In 2012, Professor Ching was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. This award is granted to early career researchers with backgrounds in engineering and the applied sciences, who are using methodologies from these fields to pursue research questions of biological and medical relevance.