Elias Boroda

Ph.D. 2019

Thesis Title:

Modulating Human Brain Plasticity with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): Basic and Clinical Applications

Current Position:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychiatry at University of Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

University of St. Thomas, Neuroscience B.S 2013

Graduate Advisor:

Kelvin Lim, M.D., Department of Psychiatry

Graduate Publications:

  • Boroda E, Krueger AM, Bansal P, Schumacher MJ, Roy AV, Boys CJ, Lim KO, Wozniak JR. A randomized controlled trial of transcranial direct-current stimulation and cognitive training in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Brain Stimul. 2020;13(4):1059-1068.
  • Boroda E, Sponheim SR, Fiecas M, Lim KO. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) elicits stimulus-specific enhancement of cortical plasticity. Neuroimage. 2020 Feb 4:116598.
  • Mervis JE, Capizzi R, Boroda E, MacDonald AW. Transcranial direct current stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia: A quantitative review of cognitive outcomes. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017 Feb 2;11:44.
  • Nelson BG, Boroda E, Lim KO. Implementation of a platform-agnostic working memory span task using mobile device technology. 2016 IEEE Wireless Health (WH), Bethesda, MD, 2016, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/WH.2016.7764562.

Graduate Level Abstracts:

Oral Presentations:

  • Boroda E. A modern software framework for cognitive task development. 2016 IEEE Wireless Health, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 2016.


  • Boroda E, Lim KO. Modulating cortical plasticity using tDCS. Annual meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, New York City, NY. 2018
  • Boroda E, Nelson BG, Lim KO. Platform agnostic variant of the 4-choice reversal learning task. Wireless Health 2016
  • Nelson BG, Boroda E, Lim KO. Implementation of a platform-agnostic working memory span task using mobile device technology. Wireless Health 2016

Graduate Level Awards and Honors:

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). University of Minnesota, Institute for Engineering in Medicine and the National Science Foundation. September 2015 – August 2017.

    Thesis Committee Members:

    Description of Graduate Research:

    I am exploring means to induce plasticity in both healthy and diseased neuronal populations to enhance cognitive function. I am studying the ability to modulate human cortical plasticity using transcranial electrical stimulation

    Research Categories:

    • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Neuroengineering
    • Neuropsychiatric Disease


    Professional Outreach:

    Brain Awareness Week Instructor 2014 and 2015.

    Why Did You Choose MN?

    It offers me the research tools I need to pursue my interests.

    What Advice Would You Give a First Year Graduate Student?

    Do what you are passionate about and always have your future in mind.


    Elias Boroda