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Steven J Schiff

Steven J Schiff

Main Content

  • Brush Chair Professor of Engineering
  • Professor of Engineering Science & Mechanics
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Physics
W311 Millennium Science
Email: sschiff [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-4210


  1. SB, MIT, 1977
  2. MD, Duke University, 1980
  3. PhD (Physiology, G. Somjen), Duke University, 1985
  4. General Surgery Internship, Duke University, 1981
  5. Neurosurgery Residency, Duke University, 1989
  6. Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (1994)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2005)
  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2010)
  • Fellow of the The American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)

Selected Publications

  1. Li L, Padhi A, Ranjeva SL, Donaldson SC, Warf BC, Mugamba J, Johnson D, Opio Z, Jayarao B, Kapur V, Poss M, Schiff SJ, Association of Bacteria with Hydrocephalus in Ugandan Infants, Journal of Neurosurgery, 7:73-87, 2011. (Cover Article).
  2. Warf BC, Dagi AR, Nsubuga B, Schiff SJ. Five year survival and outcome of treatment for post-infectious hydrocephalus in Ugandan infants, Journal Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 8: 502-508, 2011. Article
  3. Warf BC, Alkire BC, Bhai S, Hughes C, Schiff SJ, Vincent JR, Meara JG. The costs and benefits of neurosurgical intervention for infant hydrocephalus in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 8: 509-521, 2011.Article
  4. Xiao Y, Huang X-Y, Van Wert S, Barreto E, Wu J-Y, Gluckman BJ, Schiff SJ. The role of inhibition in oscillatory wave dynamics in cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience 36: 2201–2212, 2012.
  5. Schiff SJ, Ranjeva S, Sauer T, and Warf BC. Rainfall Drives Hydrocephalus in East Africa. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 2012JNS Podcast July 6, 2012. (Cover Article)
  6. Sedigh-Sarvestani M, Schiff SJ, Gluckman BJ. Reconstructing Mammalian Sleep Dynamics with Data Assimilation.PLoS Computational Biology 8(11): e1002788, 2012.
  7. Berzhanskaya J, Chernyy N, Gluckman BJ, Schiff SJ, Ascoli GA. Modulation of hippocampal rhythms by subthreshold electric fields and network topology. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 34: 369-389, 2013.
  8. Ziburkus J, Cressman JR, Schiff SJ. Seizures as UP States: Dynamics of Excitatory and Inhibitory Synaptic Conductances During Seizure-like Events. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109:1296-1306, 2013.
  9. Ingram JM, Zhang C, Xu J, Schiff SJ. FRET excited ratiometric oxygen sensing in living tissue. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 214: 45–51, 2013.
  10. Gorzelic P, Schiff SJ, Sinha A. Model-based rational feedback controller design for closed-loop deep brain stimulation of Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neural Engineering, 10: 026016, 2013.

Research Interests

I am a Pediatric Neurosurgeon, with particular interests in understanding the physics of dynamical disease of the nervous system, developing smart prosthetics to treat those diseases, and an interest in global health.