Research group

Catie Chang

PI, Assistant Professor

​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

Postdoctoral Scholar [ CV ]

​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

Postdoctoral Scholar

Roza Bayrak

Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science

Sarah Goodale

Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

I received my B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. My research is focused on improving our understanding of vigilance and autonomic effects on brain activity by integrating fMRI, EEG, and physiological recordings. This work stems from an interest in understanding and modeling variability across fMRI data and pre-processing methods.

Shengchao Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering

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

Haatef Pourmotabbed

Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering

My research interests include the application of functional neuroimaging data to the investigation of brain connectivity networks and neural dynamics in neurological disorders such as epilepsy. I received my MS in Biomedical Engineering from the Joint Graduate Program of the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Kimberly Rogge-Obando

Ph.D. Student, Neuroscience

My research interests are in fMRI analysis, with a focus on correlating measures of brain dynamics to behavioral changes and clinical symptoms. I like to sing, play board games with friends, and go to the zoo in my free time!

Shiyu Wang

Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering

I received my B.Sc. in Chemistry from Beijing Normal University and my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University. Currently, my research focuses on physiologically-induced fMRI signals and their relationship with age. I have two cats Bean (an orange tabby) and Pinto (the one in the picture, a calico).

Caroline Martin

Research Technician

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.

Kate Wang

Undergraduate RA, Computer Science

Stanley Vinet

Undergraduate RA, Biomedical Engineering

Stanley Vinet is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student (Vanderbilt University, Class of 2024) in pursuit of a career as a surgeon. He was born in Denver, Colorado, proceeded to live in Vero Beach, Florida, and currently calls home Arroyo Grande, California. In his free time, Stanley enjoys playing chess, engaging in physical activities/sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Terra Lee

Undergraduate RA, Neuroscience

Hello! Nice to meet you! I have grown up in Santa Clarita, California all my life and recently graduated from Valencia High School! I have always been interested in helping kids in medicine in the neuroscience aspect since I was in middle school. In my free time, some of my greatest passions are Japanese Kendo, Korean traditional performing arts, 12-string gayageum playing, and much more!

Richard Song

Undergraduate RA, Computer Science

I'm a sophomore at Vanderbilt studying Computer Science, Applied Math, and Neuroscience. My primary research interests include understanding the brain mechanisms behind aging and learning, and in the future I hope to work on neurotechnologies that improve on these areas. My current research in the Neurdy Lab concerns understanding how physiological influences on fMRI BOLD signals change with age.

Siddharth Shah

Undergraduate RA, Computer Science

Siddharth is an enthusiastic undergraduate researcher working towards completing a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Research interests include signal processing of fMRI scans and physiological metrics to quantitatively derive vigilance measures and applying deep learning techniques towards signal reconstruction.

Jiawei Zhu

Undergraduate RA, Computer Science

Rachel Yang

Undergraduate RA, Computer Science

Bohan Jiang

Undergraduate RA, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jesse Cai

High school student intern

I'm a student at Brentwood High School interested in neuroscience and helping those with Alzheimer's. I'm interning and working with Sarah and Dr. Chang on research involving fMRI/neuroimaging data and clinical variables in Alzheimer's Disease. In my free time, I like watching movies with my little sister (Interstellar and Hidden Figures are our favorites!) and working on The Apollo Project.

Marco Esteban

High school student intern

I graduated from Dougherty Valley High School in the San Francisco Bay Area, and plan to attend UC Irvine in the fall. My research interests lie heavily in state-dependent brain activity and neurological disorders.

Achyuth Vivek

High school student intern

Current Vanderbilt Collaborators


Elijah Sheridan (undergraduate research, 2022)

Leo Lambert (undergraduate research, 2022)

Jackson Rusch (undergraduate research, 2021)

Difan Yang (undergraduate research, 2021)

Nafis Ahmed (undergraduate research, 2019-2022) - next position: Program Manager, Microsoft

Emilia Lew (undergraduate research, 2020-2021) - next position: M.S. student in Psychology, Concordia University

Karuna Gujar (MS thesis research project) - next position: Data Scientist, Deloitte

Garrett Scott (High school intern - School for Science & Math at Vanderbilt, 2020)

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: M.S. program in Data Science, 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 (rotation student, 2019) - next position: MSTP student, Englot Lab

Ray Zhou (undergraduate research, 2019)

Stefany Rodrigues (undergraduate research, 2019)

Deepthi Varikuti (M.S. thesis co-mentor, Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany) - next position: PhD Student, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Jülich

Jingyuan E. Chen (Stanford University) - next position: MGH / Harvard Medical School