Farzaneh Najafi

Principal Investigator

School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Tech

Office: IBB 3314

Lab: IBB 3205

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I studied Biotechnology (integrated BSc/MSc/PhD program) at the University of Tehran, Iran, and did my master's project on stem cell research at Royan Institute at Hossein Baharvand's lab.

I came to the US in 2007 to do my PhD in systems neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. I studied cerebellar mechanisms underlying motor adaptation in Javier Medina's lab and collaborated with Sam Wang's lab at Princeton University.

In 2014, I joined Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a postdoc to study parietal cortex circuits underlying cognitive behavior in Anne Churchland's lab.

In 2019, I joined the Allen institute for Brain Science to investigate the neural circuits of visually guided behavior using a team science approach.

In January 2023, I will start my appointment as an assistant professor at Georgia Tech to investigate the circuits and computations that underlie predictive processing in the brain.

Vanshika Mehta

Research Technician

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In 2018, I joined Santa Clara University to pursue a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience.

In 2019, I transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology where I graduated with a double major in Neuroscience and Mathematics in December 2022.

In January 2022, I joined the Attention and Working Memory Lab at GT as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. I worked on the fMRI study investigating the role of the locus-coeruleus in modulating functional connectivity of brain networks.

In the same year, I worked on a neurodevelopment project for my capstone design under the guidance of Dr. Alberto Stolfi. I researched the effects of deleting VAMP genes in Ciona robusta larvae using CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

Reagan Hicks

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am currently working on my bachelor's degree in Biology, with a minor in Neuroscience, at Georgia Institute of Technology, and I am projected to graduate in May 2025. I plan to earn my PhD and complete post-doctoral research before becoming a professor.

I researched in the Cook Lab at Mercer Medical School in the summer of 2020 studying the function of ORF1 in the human LINE1 gene sequence.