Hari Bharadwaj is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. He directs the Systems Neuroscience of Auditory Perception Lab (SNAPlab), which investigates how sound information is encoded and analyzed by our ears and brains in complex/noisy environments such as crowded restaurants and busy streets. By understanding not only successful hearing in these settings, but also how it can be disrupted in diverse forms of hearing loss and in individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders, his lab seeks to advance precision diagnostics for hearing problems, and improve assistive devices such hearing aids, cochlear implants, and brain-machine interfaces. His laboratory is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) of the Department of Defense, and Hearing Health Foundation.
Prior to joining Pitt, Bharadwaj received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, and spent five years as assistant professor at the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. Bharadwaj received the Early Career Research Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2018, and Ruth and M.D. Steer Outstanding Audiology Graduate Instructor award for years 2018 and 2019 at Purdue University. He also serves as associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.