Bio


Dr. Jarrahi is a brain researcher who combines an extensive knowledge of neuroimaging data analysis techniques with expertise in engineering to study morphology, function and neuroplasticity of the human brain in health and disease. She graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (BSE/MSE in BE) degrees. She also holds BA degrees with honors in Brain Science, Mathematics and Chemistry as a double major. After working at the Charles River Discovery and Imaging Services (USA), and Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik (Germany), she earned a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Electrical Engineering and Information technology from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) and a graduate certificate in neuroscience from Universität Zürich. Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Neuroimaging of Interoception - Deciphering The Neural Correlates of The Primordial Emotions", aimed to demonstrate how interoceptive and exteroceptive affective states could influence the large-scale intrinsic connectivity network architecture of the human brain. Dr. Jarrahi went on to complete a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuroimaging at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before joining Stanford. Dr. Jarrahi is a recipient of 2019 Future Leaders in Pain Research grant to study how pain medications impact brain. She is particularly interested in using her quantitative skills to develop imaging tools to have clinical application.In addition, she has a long-standing interest in studying human interoception to delineate how consciousness emerges.

Honors & Awards


  • *** Selected List of Honors and, Awards (most recent) ***
  • SFN-IBRO World Congress Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience (2019)
  • Abstract of Distinction, American Academy of Neurology (2018 and 2019)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, American Pain Society (2018 and 2019)
  • Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant, American Pain Society (2018)
  • Invited session co-chair for “Brain Imaging: Connectivity and Networks”, IEEE Engineering in Medicine (2018)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)

Professional Education


  • NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles, Clinical Neuroimaging
  • Doctor of Science, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts, Science & Eng., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Biomedical Engineering