Who We Are

Tarun Saxena, PhD

Tarun Saxena
Pilot Program Manager, CTSI Accelerator


(919) 684-7584

Work Address

Chesterfield Building


Tarun Saxena joins CTSI as pilot program manager in CTSI Accelerator. Tarun is an assistant research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke. Prior to this, Tarun was a research engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he focused on elucidating failure mechanisms of brain-machine interfaces. Tarun completed his PhD and master’s degrees at Syracuse University and his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Osmania University, India. Tarun is passionate about understanding the workings of the nervous and immune systems, and his research interests lie in the area of neurological trauma, ranging from developing a basic understanding of regenerative failure to design and implementation of therapeutic strategies with a focus to treat spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. More recently, he has focused on bioengineering strategies to contain and halt metastatic brain tumors. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines. Tarun has served as a peer reviewer for various journals, conferences, and grant review panels and has had his work and commentary published in journals such as ACS Nano, Biomaterials, and Nature Materials. Tarun enjoys being active, playing and watching cricket and tennis, hiking, reading books, and enjoying good food and drinks.