Dr. Behnaz Jarrahi graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (BSE/MSE in BE) degrees. She also holds BA degrees with honors in Brain Science, Mathematics and Chemistry as a double major. After working at the Charles River Discovery and Imaging Services (USA), and Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik (Germany), she earned a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Electrical Engineering and Information technology from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) and a graduate certificate in neuroscience from Universität Zürich. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuroimaging at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Jarrahi is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford School of Medicine. She received 2018 Future Leaders in Pain Research grant to study how pain medications impact executive function in the brain using multimodal neuroimaging. She has a long-standing interest in studying human interoception to delineate how consciousness emerges and evolves to more sophisticated forms that produce self-related feelings and awareness.

Honors & Awards

  • *** Selected List of Honors and, Awards (most recent) ***
  • SFN-IBRO World Congress Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience (2019)
  • Abstract of Distinction, American Academy of Neurology (2018 and 2019)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, American Pain Society (2018 and 2019)
  • Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant, American Pain Society (2018)
  • Invited session co-chair for “Brain Imaging: Connectivity and Networks”, IEEE Engineering in Medicine (2018)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)

Professional Education

  • NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles, Clinical Neuroimaging
  • Doctor of Science, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts, Science & Eng., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Biomedical Engineering