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Dario Englot
Dario J. Englot, principal investigator of the lab, is Director of Functional Neurosurgery, and tenured Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt. He received his B.S. from the University of Scranton, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience as well as M.D. from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, he completed neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and a clinical and research fellowship at Vanderbilt.

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Saramati Narasimhan
Saramati Narasimhan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Her M.S. and Ph.D. were completed at Vanderbilt University in the Biomedical Engineering department. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami.

Hernan Gonzalez
Hernán González is an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering department at Vanderbilt, and he recently completed his dissertation research in the lab. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He’s applying to residency in neurosurgery for 2022.

Graham Johnson
Graham Johnson is an M.D./Ph.D. student who is completing his dissertation research in the lab as part of the Biomedical Engineering department at Vanderbilt. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Derek Doss
Derek Doss is an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering department at Vanderbilt who is completing his dissertation research in the lab. He received his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.


Danika Paulo
Danika Paulo is a neurosurgery resident at Vanderbilt focusing on functional neurosurgery. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 2012, Doctor of Medicine degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2017 and is anticipated to complete neurosurgical residency in 2024 with plans to pursue a post-graduate functional fellowship.

Jasmine Jiang
Jasmine Jiang is a current full-time research assistant in the lab. She has a double-major bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt. She intends to apply for medical school.


Jared Shless
Jared Shless is a current full-time research assistant in the lab. He holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He intends to apply to MD/PhD programs.


Robert Shults
Robert Shults is a current research analyst in the lab. He works with stereotactic neurosurgical software and patient registries. He holds a BS in Neuroscience from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Aarushi Negi
Aarushi Negi is a Vanderbilt undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Scientific Computing. She plans to pursue an MD/PhD after graduating.


Lab Alumni:
Kristin Wills, previous RA, current RA at MUSC and medical school applicant
Kanupriya Gupta, previous RA, current medical student at the University of Pittsburgh
Sarah Goodale, previous RA, current graduate student at Vanderbilt
Keshav Kundassery, previous undergraduate in the lab, is finishing his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt

Victoria Morgan
Catie Chang
Benoit Dawant
Mikail Rubinov
Bennett Landman
John Rolston
Baxter Rogers
Kevin Haas
Hakmook Kang
Eric Nelson
Shawniqua Williams Roberson