PEOPLE

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Corey Keller, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Keller received his MD and PhD in neuroscience from the Medical Scientist Training Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Keller completed his residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. During his training, he received a pre-doctoral NINDS F31 award, a mentored NIMH K23 award, and an early independence NIH DP5 award. Dr. Keller's mentors include Sydney Cash, Ashesh Mehta, Fred Lado, Michael Milham, and Amit Etkin. Using neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques, Dr. Keller's research focuses on improving brain stimulation treatment for psychiatric and neurological disorders. Dr. Keller's work suggests that brain-based biomarkers may be used to predict non-responders to TMS treatment, monitor brain networks during intervention, and be used to propose novel targets and treatment paradigms. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis and squash, and swimming.

Current Lab Members

Staff Scientists

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Christopher Cline received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroengineering from the University of Minnesota in 2018, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2013. His previous research has focused on EEG-based brain-computer interfaces, novel methods for concurrent TMS and EEG, and other neuroimaging approaches. As a Staff Scientist in the Keller Lab at Stanford, his research interests include development of real-time EEG-informed neuromodulation techniques to improve the efficacy and reliability of TMS for clinical interventions. During his free time, he enjoys hiking and playing around with home automation.

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Sara Parmigiani, PhD

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Sara Parmigiani holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from the University of Trento, Italy, with a dissertation focused on the stimulation of the human premotor-motor circuit, developing a novel dual-coil approach. Her research interests are indeed devoted to brain stimulation and recording at different levels, ranging from TMS and TMS-EEG, to intracranial stimulation with concurrent hdEEG recordings, both at rest and during specific states or while performing tasks. Her main topics include the premotor area involvement in inhibitory control, the fronto-parietal executive network modulation, and the possibility to improve the quality and the effectiveness of brain stimulation and its readout both for research and clinical interventions. During her free time, Sara loves going outdoor for mountain hiking and horse trail riding with her family, and when at home, she enjoys doing Pilates and reading crime novels.

Postdocs

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Austin Talbot received a bachelors degree in applied mathematics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Duke University. During his Ph.D. he focused on developing new statistical tools for discovering brain networks associated with mental disorders. His research interests include statistics and machine learning, specifically applied to mental illness and neuroscience. For fun, Austin reads Spanish literature and does woodworking and leather working.

Austin Talbot, PhD

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Jessica Ross, PhD

Jessica M. Ross is a postdoctoral researcher using neurophysiological techniques to study network contributions to typical and impaired cognition. Her recent work includes using TMS-EEG to explore aberrant brain plasticity, cortical reactivity, and connectivity in older adults who develop delirium and/or dementia. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Information Sciences from the University of California, Merced, with a dissertation focused on auditory-motor interactions. Using a range of techniques including motion tracking, EEG, and TMS, this work demonstrates how bidirectional communication between motor and auditory systems can improve time sensitive neural prediction, such as for balance control and for musical rhythm perception. She has worked with healthy young and typically aging adult populations and patient populations, including with patients with Parkinson’s disease, delirium, and various forms of dementia. In her free time, Jessica can be found gardening, pet sitting, playing music poorly, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with family, her fiancé Stephen and their crazy dog. jessicamarieross.com

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Sergei Tugin, PhD

Sergei Tugin, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in Corey Keller’s and Fiona Baumer’s groups. His primary projects are the analysis of EEG, TMS-EEG, and MEP data from patients with diagnosed epilepsy or depression. Sergei has completed his Ph.D. Thesis at Aalto University, Finland under the supervision of Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi. During the PhD period, Sergei investigated the role of the electric field orientation on different neuronal populations. Throughout his path in the field of neuroscience, Sergei primarily focused on the investigation of the human brain with noninvasive methods such as TMS and EEG, with a special interest in the underlying mechanisms of decision-making, attention, voluntary movement preparation, and the excitability of the cortex, as well as in the investigation of neurophysiological disorders. Mathematics, physics, and programming play incredibly important roles in neuroscience research, which is why Sergei applies state-of-the-art methodologies and tools in his work. Sergei spends his free time with his Labrador dog, and by going on adventures on cliffs (climbing and bouldering), under the water (he is a PADI instructor), or in the sky (paragliding).

Research Coordinators

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Manjima Sarkar received her B.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience from U.S.C. in 2019. She then received her M.Sc. in Radiation Oncology from the Univ. of Oxford in 2020. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of neuroimaging and neurotherapeutics. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, playing sitar, singing, and discovering new places in the Bay Area with friends and family. 

Manjima Sarkar, MS

Biomedical Engineering

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Jade Truong received her bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018. She has worked in several different clinical settings, from providing ABA services to individuals with autism to administering EEGs and neurofeedback training to many patient populations. Some of the patient populations included those with depression and anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, or brain injuries. Her research interests include neuroplasticity and brain network changes in response to mental health treatments and all things neuroscience within the intersection of the physical and the abstract. During her free time, Jade enjoys playing with her two cats, Uzi and Miya, and solving jigsaw puzzles although her cats tend to eat the pieces.

Jade Truong, BS

Biopsychology

PhD Students

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Chris Minasi, BS

PhD Student

Neuroscience

Chris Minasi is currently pursuing a PhD in Stanford’s neuroscience program. He received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Florida Atlantic University in 2017. He subsequently spent two years at Harvard working in Pascal Kaeser’s lab, using viral strategies to genetically alter cultured hippocampal neurons to determine the mechanisms of ELKS in presynaptic active zone assembly. During this time, he also developed software designed to automatically analyze confocal & super-resolution microscope images of pre/postsynaptic proteins. His current research interests involve the development of non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, specifically in regard to how current methods could be improved using modern statistics and machine learning techniques. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nearby restaurants, beaches, parks, and hiking trails.

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Ajay is a Kansas-born-and-raised Ph.D Candidate at Stanford housed in the Materials Science and Engineering program. He obtained his B.S. in Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University and has worked in a variety of fields ranging from 3D printing and carbon nanomaterials synthesis, to solar cell and battery material research, to now work in the interdisciplinary field of neurotechnology. At Stanford, Ajay has been cultivating an expertise in flexible, stretchable electronic materials and biocompatible device design in parallel to investigating how novel devices can inform us about the brain. In the Keller Lab, Ajay is working on determining biomarkers for psychiatric disorders through human electrophysiological data, with the goal of delivering insight on new tool and device development for the treatment and diagnosis of those diseases. Outside of the lab, Ajay is an avid musician and video gamer, and loves to play tennis and soccer.

Ajay Subramanian, BS
PhD Student

Materials Science and Engineering

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Jeffrey Wang, BS

MD/PhD Student

Neuroscience

Hailing originally from the Midwest, Jeffrey is currently an MD/PhD candidate in Stanford’s Biophysics Program. He studied Applied Mathematics as an undergraduate at Harvard University, working with Chris Rycroft on developing numerical methods for modeling mechanical interactions between large cellular populations and the extracellular matrix. Since then, Jeff’s interests have expanded towards mapping neural circuitry underlying noninvasive intervention to the brain in both animal and human models. With Corey Keller, he is working on assessing the electrophysiologic effects of TMS using intracranial recordings. With Raag Airan, Kim Butts-Pauly, and Brian Knutson, he is using focused ultrasound to noninvasively deliver pharmaceutical agents to specific parts of the brain to ideally maximize their therapeutic efficacy while minimizing other off-target effects. In his free time, Jeff enjoys ballet, acoustic guitar, and cooking!

Visiting Scholars

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Francesco is a PGY4 psychiatry resident at ‘San Paolo’ Hospital in Milan, Italy and first year PhD fellow at the University of Milan. He received research training at the University of Pittsburgh, PA where he used transcranial magnetic stimulation coupled with electroencephalography (TMS-EEG) to investigate neural features associated with symptoms of schizophrenia. His research interests include brain mechanisms of response to non-invasive brain stimulation in major psychiatric disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia, and the neurobiology of psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and self-disorders. At PNT lab he is investigating short-term effects of repetitive TMS to unveil candidate biomarkers that could inform personalized approaches to treatment.

Francesco Donati, MD

Psychiatry Resident

University of Milan

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Juha Gogulski is an MD, PhD, and a clinical neurophysiology resident at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. He is interested in the development of novel personalized neuromodulation treatments. In his current position, Juha has been analyzing and performing neurophysiological studies such as EEG and conducting rTMS treatments for chronic pain patients. In his PhD thesis, he used tractography-guided TMS to study the neural mechanisms of tactile working memory, metacognition, and tactile temporal perception. Juha is also experienced in fMRI analysis. During his free time, Juha likes hiking, running, making hip hop music in Finnish and spending time with his dog and his baby.

Juha Gogulski, MD, PhD

Clinical Neurophysiology Resident

Helsinki University

Undergraduate Students

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Naryeong Kim is a sophomore at Stanford University studying bioengineering and political science. She is fascinated by the intersections between law and neuroscience. In the future, she hopes to provide innovative and equitable treatments for mental health illnesses. She is also passionate about developing legal systems that better address neurological implications of trauma. For fun, she enjoys oil painting, fencing, and reading!

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Naryeong Kim

BioEngineering

Saachi Munot is a sophomore at Stanford University studying engineering physics. Academically she’s interested in computational neuroscience, ultrasound physics, and brain-computer interfaces (and most things neuroscience). For fun she enjoys attempting logic/lateral thinking puzzles, watching formula 1 and playing football (soccer).

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Engineering Physics

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Jessica Yang (‘24) is a freshman at Stanford prospectively majoring in Chemistry with a Biological Sciences concentration. Her interest in neuroscience grew after volunteering for mental and public health organizations throughout high school. Some of her research interests include the effects of different psychiatric illnesses on brain networks and biopharmaceutical drug development. At Stanford, she is a part of the Stanford Undergraduate Neuroscience Society, HELP4KIDS, Alzheimer’s Alliance, and Stanford Women in Medicine. When she isn’t running, XC-skiing, or enjoying the sunshine in Alaska, she can be found cooking (experimenting mostly!), scouring food or travel blogs, and petting dogs.

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Jessica Yang

Human Bio / Psychology

Ciara is an Undergraduate at Imperial College London studying Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests include bio-signal processing, computational neuroscience and data science. During her free time she enjoys painting, learning Mandarin (at least trying to…) and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Ciara Gibbs

MechE / BME

Imperial College London

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Jennifer is a current sophomore at Stanford studying Biomedical Computation. Academically, she's interested in data science and machine learning, specifically how it can be used in healthcare context. Outside of school, she likes to read and play with her cats.

Jennifer Xu

Biomedical Computation

Visiting Students

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Dillon is an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience at the University of Exeter in the UK. His primary academic interests include deciphering the neurophysiological and biological properties of neuronal networks underlying various behavioural functions and neurological disorders. He also has a profound interest in systems and computational neuroscience, especially brain-computer interfaces that allow for operations including actuation and connectivity control.  Outside of academia, Dillon is a competitive member of the Athletics Club (100m sprints) and a Formula 1 fanatic! 

Dillon Vijaya

Neuroscience

University of Exeter

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Giovanni Talledos Sanchez is a freshman at Foothill college majoring in Radiologic Technology. His interest in medical imaging began through his fascination with anatomy and physiology. Throughout his childhood and in high school, he would be in and out of hospitals for sport related injuries and saw how passionate the radiology technologist were for their job. His research interest is on neuro imaging and also on how the networks of the brain are affected by psychiatric illnesses. During his free time he enjoys training in mixed martial arts, watching movies, and discovering new food spots in the Bay Area.

Giovanni Talledos

Radiologic Technology

Foothill College

Lab Alumni

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Danny Huang, MD

Neurosurgery resident

Stanford University

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Claudia Tischler, BS

MD/PhD Program

Baylor University

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Nikita Bastin

Biology / English

University of Pennsylvania

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Lewis Kerwin, MD

Psychiatry resident

Washington University

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Samuel Anh, MD

Neurology resident

UCLA

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Gayathri Ganesan

Engineering Physics

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Benyamin Meschede-Krasa

PhD Student

Stanford University

Current Collaborators

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Josef Parvizi MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Stanford University

Casey Halpern, MD

Asst Professor, Neurosurgery

Stanford University

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Nolan Williams, MD

Asst Professor of Psychiatry

Stanford University

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Aaron Boes MD, PhD

Assoc Prof of Neurology

Univ of Iowa Medical Center 

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Alan Schatzberg, MD

Former Chair and Professor of Psychiatry

Stanford University

Amit Etkin MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Stanford University

Jong Yoon, MD

Assoc Prof of Psychiatry

Stanford University