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  • Bruna de Freitas Dias

    Bruna de Freitas Dias

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioI am a Brazilian physician and neuroscientist with a special interest in autoimmune neurological diseases. I graduated from Albert Einstein Medical School, Sao Paulo – Brazil in 2021. My research predominantly focuses on studying the epidemiology of autoimmune encephalitis and genetic susceptibility to the disease onset. Furthermore, I am interested in assessing the burden of the disease in those patients, socioeconomic analysis, and environmental and infectious triggers for the disease onset. At Mignot’s Lab, I am involved in IGNITE project, and I am working in the association of clinical and epidemiological data, KIR sequencing, and GWAS analysis.

    My interests include general neurology, neuroimmunology, neuroscience, healthcare, and technology.

  • Chunyang Dong

    Chunyang Dong

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioChunyang Dong completed his Ph.D. studies from University of California, Davis with Dr. Lin Tian, where he specialized in protein engineering to develop genetically encoded biosensors to enable real-time imaging of neuromodulator dynamics. As part of his postdoctoral pursuits with Dr. Sergiu Pasca at Stanford University, he hopes to combine disciplines between biosensors and modeling human neurological disease using brain region-specific organoids. Despite this shift, his unwavering goal is to deepen the understanding of brain development, disease processes, and translate research to potential treatments for neurological disorders.

  • Igor D. Bandeira

    Igor D. Bandeira

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioIgor D. Bandeira, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician-scientist from Salvador in Brazil, working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He completed his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), where he received the prestigious Professor Alfredo Thomé de Britto Award for outstanding graduate scientific research. Part of his medical training took place at the University of Sydney (Australia) through a Science Without Borders Scholarship. In parallel with his formal graduate training, he worked as a researcher at the university’s Brain and Mind Centre during this period. As an attending physician, Dr. Bandeira acquired further clinical experience at the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Furthermore, during the pandemic, Dr. Bandeira worked on the Brazilian frontline in the fight against Covid-19. With respect to research, he has several years’ experience applying noninvasive brain stimulation techniques in the fields of neurology and psychiatry. During his Ph.D. at the Federal University of Bahia, Dr. Bandeira has also acquired expertise in developing clinical trials to test the efficacy of rapid-acting antidepressants. His work involved using ketamine and its enantiomers (e.g., esketamine and arketamine) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and bipolar depression. Since he arrived at Stanford, he has built on his previous training in clinical trials by leading (A) the Wellcome LEAP multisite accelerated intermittent theta burst stimulation (Stanford Neuromodulation Therapy) trial for anhedonic depression and co-leading (B) a trial testing the efficacy and safety of buprenorphine in sustaining the anti-suicide properties of ketamine.

  • Tianwei Du

    Tianwei Du

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychiatry

    BioDr. Du's clinical interests focus on providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with emotion dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, and/or complex trauma. She is also passionate about addressing diversity factors in clinical work. Dr. Du provides services in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Adult Program, the Anxiety and Depression Adult Psychological Treatment (ADAPT) Clinic, and the Stanford Mental Health for Asians Research and Treatment (SMHART) Clinic. Dr. Du is a bilingual clinician speaking English and Mandarin.

    Dr. Du's research focuses on exploring the roles of interpersonal processes and personality in psychopathology, and she has published widely on this topic. Dr. Du also participated in a variety of clinical trials to help develop and improve evidence-based interventions for individuals with complex clinical presentations and populations with limited access to mental health care.