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 started 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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I graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2022 with a double major in Neuroscience and Mathematics. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, I was part of an fMRI study investigating the role of the locus-coeruleus in modulating functional connectivity of brain networks. For my capstone design, I worked on a neurodevelopment project using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. I am passionate about studying neurological disorders and am strongly motivated to help better people's lives through my research skills and experience.  

Aakash Venkataraman 

Graduate Research Assistant


I am currently pursuing a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Insititute of Technology, specializing in Computer Systems and Software. Prior to Georgia Tech, I was working in the R&D software department of a leading MNC. I am interested in the field of real-time critical embedded systems.  

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. I am interested in the neural applications of genetics, which starts with a good understanding of the brain and the interactions between its structures. I plan to earn my PhD and complete post-doctoral research before becoming a professor. 

Connor White

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am currently a second-year pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. I hope to study the neural code of the brain and how utilizing it can help people with neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases. Ultimately, I want to pursue a PhD so that I can become a full time researcher either in the industry or in academia.

Pari Goyal

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I'm a third-year Computer Engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology, with a strong focus on Distributed Systems and Software Design, as well as Information Internetworks. With a passion for software systems, embedded systems, and information management, I am dedicated to having a significant impact through my work.  I hold a desire to work on meaningful projects that enable me to channel my skills and expertise towards making a positive difference in society.