Bio


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. (Hons.) degrees 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. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuroimaging at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Neurology.

Dr. Jarrahi is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford School of Medicine. She received 2018 Future Leaders in Pain Research grant to study how pain medications impact executive function in the brain using multimodal neuroimaging (PET-MRI). Dr. Jarrahi has a long-standing interest in studying human interoception to delineate how consciousness emerges and evolves to more sophisticated forms that motivate behavior or produce different feelings.

Honors & Awards


  • *** Selected List of Honors, and Awards (only 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)
  • T32 Interdisciplinary Research Training In Pain and Substance Use Disorders, National Institutes of Health (2016 - 2019)
  • Travel Scholarship, International Association for the Study of Pain (2016)
  • Postdocotral Research Funding, National Parkinson Foundation (2015 - 2016)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)
  • Member, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
  • Member, American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Member, Society for Neuroscience (SfN)