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  • Sarah Louise Eagleman

    Sarah Louise Eagleman

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio For over a decade my research career as a systems neuroscientist has been centered around measuring the brain in different states of consciousness using electrophysiology. Two ways to study conscious transitions empirically are by investigating the brain during sleep and while under anesthesia. I spent my doctoral and early postdoctoral work studying how sleep improves learning and memory at the neural network level. I characterized a phenomenon known as replay (when networks in the brain rehearse previous experiences offline) in a novel visual area. I continued research on replay in my early postdoctoral work in the hippocampus (an area important for spatial navigation as well as memory formation). My work centered around trying to understand how different hippocampal replay trajectories are selected by reward centers in the brain for future behavioral action. 

    I am now interested in studying the brain activity associated with anesthetics to broaden my understanding of brain states that exhibit altered consciousness. In fact, the brain shares similar electrophysiological activity during sleep with some anesthetic transitions. With anesthetics, though one is able to compare how different anesthetic agents interact with different neuromodulatory systems to cause similar behavior outcomes (i.e. sedation and unconsciousness). My current project is to explore and evaluate different computational approaches to quantifying anesthetic depth using electroencephalography. A thorough characterization of the brain activity associated with loss of consciousness during anesthesia is of critical importance to better monitor patients undergoing anesthesia. I am excited by this new opportunity to meld my previous expertise in systems neuroscience electrophysiology with clinical and translational work. It has been a long-term aspiration of mine to do research that will have direct applications to improving human health. 

  • Gadi Gilam

    Gadi Gilam

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio Psychological Neuroscientist
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory.

    I combine basic and translational research from a social cognitive and affective neuroscience perspective, integrating psychological theory with biological constraints, and emphasizing research design, experimental methods, and multi-level and multi-modal measurements.

    For a current list of publications:

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    Twitter: or @gadigilam


    Main keywords: Anger; Pain; Emotion Regulation; Social interactions; Empathy; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience;

  • Behnaz Jarrahi

    Behnaz Jarrahi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Bio 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. Dr. Jarrahi has a long-standing interest in studying human interoception to delineate how consciousness emerges and evolves to more sophisticated forms that produce (self)awareness.