Dr. Behnaz Jarrahi graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan, 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 B.A. degrees with honors and distinction in Brain Science, Mathematics and Chemistry as a double major. After interning at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Charles River Imaging Laboratories (USA), and Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), she earned her Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), and Universität Zürich, respectively. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuroimaging at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Jarrahi is currently a T32 postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford School of Medicine. Her research focus includes the application and development of (semi-)automatic classification techniques including statistical machine learning and multivariate analytical methods to determine the brain's structural and functional patterns maximally predictive of an interoceptive state for, e.g., assessments of pain intensity or type. Dr. Jarrahi has been studying interoception and conscious perception from scientific (neuroscience and engineering) and philosophical (metaphysical, mind-body identity) perspectives. One of her long-term research goals is to model supraspinal processing of interoceptive signals carrying information about the visceral states to delineate how anoetic consciousness emerges and evolves to more sophisticated forms of consciousness that motivate behavior or produce different feelings.

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s List, University of Michigan (2008)
  • Predoctoral Research Funding, Die Max-Planck Gesellschaft (2010 - 2011)
  • Doctoral Research Funding, Der Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (2012 - 2014)
  • Travel Award, Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften Zürich (2013)
  • Postdocotral Research Funding, National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) (2015 - 2016)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award (F31), NIH (2015 - 2016)
  • Travel Scholarship, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) (2016)
  • NIH Training Program in Biomedical Research Grant (T32), NIH (2016 - Present)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, American Pain Society (2018)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) (2007 - Present)
  • Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) (2007 - Present)
  • Member, The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) (2016 - Present)
  • Member, The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) (2016 - Present)
  • Member, The Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) 神経科学学会 (2017 - Present)