CURRENT LAB MEMBERS
Josef received his MD from the University of Oslo and PhD in neurosciences from the University of Iowa. He completed his medical internship at Mayo Clinic and Neurology Residency at BIDMC-Harvard before joining the UCLA for fellowship training in Clinical Epilepsy and Neurophysiology. He moved to Stanford University in July 2007 and started the Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program (SHICEP). His research is now supported by NIH, Stanford NeuroVentures Program, National Science Foundation, and Stanford School of Medicine. Josef's expertise is in functional mapping of the human brain using the three methods of electrocorticography, electrical brain stimulation, and functional imaging.
Behzad Iravani, PhD
Behzad received his PhD in Medicine from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm - Sweden. He was trained as an engineer before his PhD work and his research interest involves using network science and computational models to advance precision medicine. Behzad is working on the ventromedial prefrontal and orbitofrontal cortex and their role in processing emotional memories. Ultimately his research strives to improve mental health using combination of functional imaging, intracranial EEG, and direct cortical stimulation methods.
Dian Lyu, PhD
Dian received her Maters degree in Cognitive Neurosciences from University College London, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences from University of Cambridge. Her previous work focused on default-mode-network functional connectivity and inter-network interactions across different brain states. She is interested in consciousness studies involving self-related cognition using intracranial EEG and electrical stimulation and precision mapping of anatomy and function by leveraging computational modeling.
James Stieger, PhD
James earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research was focused on brain computer interfaces using EEG signals. His interests lie in the intersection of machine learning and real-time brain recording. James joined the LBCN with the intent to discover how focal brain activity can be harnessed to decode brain function and how to improve it in conditions such as epilepsy
Neda Kaboodvand, PhD
Neda completed her master's in biomedical engineering at Tehran Polytechnic and her Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm – Sweden. She specializes in nonlinear dynamics-based computational modeling of the brain in health and disease and studying the effects of treatments (electrical stimulation and neuropharmacological interventions) on brain dynamics. Neda has experience in advanced signal processing and multilayer network analysis, machine learning, and computational modeling.
Zoe received her B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry from Duke University, where she was a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the utilization of mental rehearsal and cognitive reappraisal to decrease test anxiety in undergraduate students. Her research interests include mental health and exploring neural networks associated with emotion. As the senior research assistant and lab manager Zoe is responsible for managing all experiments, data collection, and making sure the lab is operating well.
Aaron Kucyi was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He received the prestigious Banting Fellowship from Canada while he was in the lab. After 3 years of postdoctoral fellowship with several publications, Aaron was recruited by Northeastern University.
Alberto Vogrig was a neurology resident at Verona University Hospital, Italy before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the LBCN, he completed his residency and became an Attending Neurologist at Udine University Hospital, Italy. He now works as a Neurologist and PhD Researcher at the University of Lyon, France and French Reference Center for Paraneoplastic Neurological Syndromes and Autoimmune Encephalitis in Lyon, France.
Amy Daitch was a graduate student at Dr Mauricio Corbetta’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis before joining the lab. She received NSF postdoctoral fellowship during her postdoctoral fellowship. Amy left to work as a Data Scientist at Kinsa Health, a Silicon Valley startup.
Andreas Rauschecker was an MD PhD student at Stanford doing neuroscience research with Dr Brian Wandell when he joined the lab as a rotating graduate student. He continued to pursue his medical career and became a Radiology Resident at University of Pennsylvania. He is now an Assistant Professor in Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at UCSF.
Annabelle Tao (2017-2018)
Annabelle was a high school student in the bay area when she joined the live as a summer research volunteer. After completing her high school, she was admitted to Harvard University undergraduate program. She is currently pursuing a double major in neuroscience and philosophy.
Anthony Kaveh was a medical student at Stanford when he joined the lab. He left the lab to pursue his residence in Anesthesiology. He now works as an Anesthesiologist Fellow in Integrative Medicine.
Aslihan Selimbeyoglu joined the lab as an international Fulbright Fellow. She transferred to Neuroscience PhD Program at Stanford and worked with Karl Deisseroth as her PhD Mentor. She then left for McKinsey Consulting in Istanbul.
Baotian Zhao was a Graduate Student in Functional Neurosurgery before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the lab, he became a Ph.D. Student in Functional Neurosurgery at the Tiantan Hospital in Beijing where he continues to spearhead collaborative work with the LBCN.
Brett Foster was a Ph.D. student at Swinburne University of Technology before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He left the lab to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Wagner Lab at Stanford where he received the prestigious K99 grant. He now works as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
Chao received his MD Ph.D. at Capital Medical University and joined the lab for a visiting research project. He returned to Tiantan Hospital to continue his duties as a neurosurgeon scientist.
Chase Richard was an Undergraduate Student at Stanford University who joined the lab. He left the lab to pursue a career in medicine and is now an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at UCLA Ronald Reagan | Olive View.
Dani Beam joined the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. After leaving the lab, she became a Research Associate II at Cedars-Sinai in Ueli Rutishauser's lab where she continues to pursue her research interests.
Deepika graduated in Neuroscience with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard University. Her undergraduate thesis focused on Alzheimer’s disease. As a medical student at Stanford she is now working on the value of initial EEG information to predict seizure outcome in the next 24 hours.
Deepika transitioned to Business School at Stanford and is pursuing an MBA.
Dhruba Banerjee joined the lab as a High School Research Assistant. After leaving the lab, he became a Research Assistant at the Champalimaud Foundation. He is now pursuing his M.D. Ph.D. at University of California Irvine.
Dora Hermes was a Ph.D. Student at the UMC Utrecht in The Netherlands before joining the lab. She left the lab to become a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology, Stanford. She is now an Assistant Professor in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Itir Kasicki was a Research Assistant at Istanbul University, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Department of Neuroscience before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. She left the lab to work as an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Ticaret University in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Janice Chen was a Ph.D. Student in Dr. Anthony Wagner’s Lab at Stanford University where she collaborated directly with the LBCN. She was recruited to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University and is now an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Jen Chun Hsiang was a Research Assistant at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University in Taoyuan County, Taiwan before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. He was accepted to the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis after leaving the lab.
Jennifer Meylor (2014-2016)
Jennifer was an undergraduate student when she joined the lab. She received the Best Honor Thesis Award for her research in the lab. She moved to University of Wisconsin to complete her medical school. She is now a pediatric neurology resident at University of Washington medical center.
Jennifer Shum was a Medical Student at Stanford University who joined the lab. After leaving the lab, she became a Stanford Neurology Resident and NYU Epilepsy Fellow. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Jennifer Yih was a Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She then left to work as a Senior Data Scientist at Tala. She now works as a Senior Quantitative UX Researcher at Instagram.
Jessica Schrouff was a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Liege, Belgium before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Marie Curie fellow. She was recruited by University College where she worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science. She now works as a Research Scientist at Google Brain.
Jonathan Winawer was a was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Wandell Lab at Stanford University before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He was recruited for a faculty position in Psychology and Neural Science at New York University where he has continued to excel as a researcher. He is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU.
Kai Miller was a Neurosurgery Resident when he joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. After leaving the lab, he was recruited by the Mayo Clinic where he now works as an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery.
Kapil Gururanagan was a Medical Student at Stanford University School of Medicine before joining the lab. He left the lab to pursue his career in medicine, becoming a Neurology Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital where he is currently doing his training.
Kieran Fox completed his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia before becoming a Postdoctoral Scholar at the LBCN in 2017. He is now an MD Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Leah Demetri was an Undergraduate Student at Sanford University who joined the lab. She left the lab to become a Medical Student at Harvard Medical School. She is now an Orthopedic Surgery Resident at UCSF.
Lin Shi was an Attending Neurosurgeon at the Tiantan Hospital, Beijing before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the lab, he became an Associate Chief Neurosurgeon at the Tiantan Hospital in Beijing.
Mac Shine was a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He left the lab and now works as a Robinson Fellow at The University of Sydney.
Michael Iorga was an Undergraduate Student at Stanford University who joined the lab. He was accepted to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Feinberg School of Medicine after his time in the lab.
Mike received his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University. His work focused on electrical transport measurements in thin film complex oxides. He joined the LBCN and is involved in measuring the time and direction of connectivity among different nodes of brain networks.
Mike transitioned to Medical School at Stanford.
Mo Dastjerdi received his MD from Iran and was working as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley before joining the lab. After his second successful postdoctoral training at LBCN, he went on to do his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center where he is currently working as an assistant professor and attending neurologist with specialization in epilepsy and intracranial EEG monitoring.
Muge Ozker was a Master’s Student in Biomedical Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the lab, she was accepted to a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University School of Medicine.
Nan Liu is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at Guangzhou University who joined the lab as a Visiting Scholar in 2019. After leaving the LBCN, she has returned to her studies in Guangzhou where she continues to collaborate with the LBCN.
Pedro completed his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Sorbonne University (Paris) with Stanislas Dehaene as his research mentor. Pedro completed an intracranial EEG study of mathematical cognition and joined UCSF as a faculty.
Ren Na was a Ph.D. student at Peking University before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. She left the lab to become a Lecturer at Teachers’ College of Beijing, Union University.
Rodrigo Braga was a Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the lab to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow. While a member of the LBCN, he received the prestigious K99 grant. He left the lab after being recruited by Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor.
Shrita Pendekanti joined the lab as a High School Research Assistant. After leaving the lab, she received her degree in Neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles, and has since entered medical school at University of California, San Diego.
Sina Salehi was an Assistant Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the lab, he became an Assistant Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.
Srijani Saha joined the lab as a High School Research Assistant. She left the lab to pursue a Computational Neuroscience degree at University of Southern California and then as a graduate student at Harvard.
Stephan Bickel was a Neurology Resident at Einstein/Montefiore, NY before joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He then left the lab after being recruited to work as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, NY. He now works as a Co-Director of Human Brain Mapping Laboratory at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.
Su Liu (2017-2019)
Su completed her bachelor in biomedical engineering at Capital University of Medical Science, Beijing, China and went on to receive a PhD from University of Houston Texas before joining the lab. Su’s transition plans were unfortunately affected by COVID-19 crisis.
Ying Fang was a Ph.D. student in psychology at South China Normal University before joining the lab as a Visiting Scholar. After leaving the lab, he became a member of the faculty at Guangdong University of Finance.
Research Assistants and Lab Managers
2009-2011: Sharmin Nasrullah
Sharmin was a Senior Yield Enhancement Engineer at Actel Corporation before joining the lab. She went on to receive a degree in Bioengineering at Stanford after leaving the lab. She now works as a Manager in Solution Consulting at Veeva Systems.
2011-2015: Vinitha Rangarajan
Vinitha completed her Undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego before joining the lab. She left the lab to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Dept of Psychology at University of California Berkeley.
2013-2015: Sandra Gattas
Sandra was an Undergraduate Researcher in Dr. Daryl Eggers’ lab before joining the lab. She left the lab to pursue an M.D. Ph.D. at the University of California Irvine.
2015-2016: Xiaofang Yang
Xiaofang was a Master’s Student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China before joining the lab. She left the lab to pursue a Ph.D. at Princeton University.
2016-2018: Omri Raccah
Omri was a Research Assistant and Lab Manager at the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at University of California San Diego Department of Cognitive Science before joining the lab. Since leaving the lab, he has continued to collaborate on lab projects while pursuing a Ph.D. at the Poeppel Lab in the NYU Department of Psychology.
2016-2018: So Ri Baek
Sori completed her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota before joining the lab. She left the lab after being accepted to a joint Psychology & Neuroscience Ph.D. Program at Princeton University.
2018-2019: Serdar Akkol
Serdar was a Medical Student at Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine
Before joining the lab. He then went on to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at Elmezzi Graduate School at Northwell Health, New York.
2018-2020: Clara Sava-Segal
Clara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago before joining the lab as a Research Assistant. After two years in the lab, she was accepted into Dartmouth College’s Ph.D. program in Cognitive Neuroscience.
2022: Claire Perry
Claire received dual bachelor degrees in Neuroscience and Biology from the University of Chicago. Her undergraduate thesis explored the electrophysiological correlates of emotional face perception in Borderline Personality Disorder. Her research interests include exploring emotion and cognition in the brain. As the senior research assistant and lab manager, Claire is responsible for managing all the experiments and making sure that the lab is operating well.
Claire transitioned to medical school at Yale.