Research group

Catie Chang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering

​I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in the Radiological Sciences Lab, following undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. I was then a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH Intramural Research), in the Advanced MRI Section.

Ben Gold, Ph.D. [CV]

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

​I have a M.Sc. from the Brain and Mind Program at Aalto University, and a Ph.D. from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. My research draws on computational modeling, neuroimaging, and psychophysiological recordings to understand how neural mechanisms of curiosity, prediction, and learning unfold over time, as in the highly emotional and pleasurable response to musical surprise.

Jorge Salas Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Roza G. Bayrak

Ph.D. Student

Computer Science

Sarah Goodale

Ph.D. Student

Biomedical Engineering

​My research focuses on functional neuroimaging techniques for studying the human brain. I received my B.E. from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering.

Shengchao Zhang

Ph.D. Student

Electrical Engineering

My research concentrates on signal processing methods for analyzing fMRI measurements of large-scale human brain activity.

Caroline Martin

Research Assistant

Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of the South, and my research interests include the neural mechanisms underlying mental illness and neurodegenerative disease. My current research in the Neuroimaging & Brain Dynamics Lab focuses on functional neuroimaging methodology.

Karuna Gujar

M.S. Student, Computer Science

Middle Tennessee State University

Nafis Ahmed

Undergraduate Research Assistant, and VISE Summer Research Fellow

Computer Engineering major

Bohan Jiang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Computer Engineering major

Emilia Lew

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Musical Arts and Neuroscience major

Garrett Scott

High school research intern

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV)

Current Vanderbilt Collaborators


Liam Spoletini (undergraduate research, 2020-21) - next position: M.S. program, American University

Gabriel Ting (undergraduate research, 2020) - next position: Software Engineer, Apple

Chong Zhao (undergraduate research, 2019-2020) - next position: Neuroscience Ph.D. program, University of Chicago

Connor Capitolo (undergraduate research, 2019-2020) - next position: Data Science M.S. program, Harvard University

Catherine Nayeon Kim (undergraduate research, 2020) - next position: Amazon Robotics

Karel Lopez (visiting Ph.D. student, Pablo de Olavide University, 2019)

Derek Doss (Vanderbilt University M.D./Ph.D. rotation student, 2019)

Ray Zhou (undergraduate research, 2019)

Stefany Rodrigues (undergraduate research, 2019)

Deepthi Varikuti (M.S. thesis, Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany) - currently Senior User Experience Specialist at MathWorks

Jingyuan E. Chen (research co-mentor, Stanford University) - currently Instructor at MGH / Harvard Medical School