Diana Pizarro is a PhD.  candidate in electrical and computer engineering at the university of Alabama at Birmingham.

Diana currently works for the UAB Department of Neurology, department of epilepsy. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering. 

Adeel Ilyas, MD

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About our lab

Emilia Toth, PhD


Karthi Balasubramanian, PhD.

Diana Pizarro, BSEE

In the era of modern medical care, there are still patients with epilepsy who can not be helped with the available techniques. Our main goal is to better understand epilepsy and memory to bring hope, treatment, and healing.

  • Kristen Riley, MD. Professor at UAB department of Neurosurgery.
  • Nicole Bentley, MD. Assistant professor at UAB department of neurosurgery.
  • Leonidas Iasemidis, PhD. Professor at College of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech University.
  • Ioannis Vlachos, PhD. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Louisiana Tech University.
  • Flavio Fröhlich, PhD. Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Cell Biology and Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Nitin Tandon, M.D. Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Eric Halgren, PhD. Professor UC San Diego
  • Kaushik Majumdar, PhD. Professor at Systems Science and Informatics Unit Indian Statistical Institute.


Dr. Adeel Ilyas is a resident in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery.

Chaitanya Ganne, MD, PhD

Dr. Sandipan Pati is an associate professor in the UAB Department of Neurology.

Board Certifications
Epilepsy: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2016
Neurology: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2015


Combine our knowledge in order to help people with drug resistant epilepsy

Auriana Irannejed is an undergraduate research assistant in the UAB Department of Neurology

Dr. Balasubramanian currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. He received the Bachelor of Technology degree from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (formerly known as Delhi Institute of Technology), New Delhi, India in 1999 and M.S degree from Simon Fraser university, Burnaby, Canada in 2002. He worked as a VLSI chip design engineer at Cogent Chipware Inc. and PMC-Sierra at Burnaby, Canadafor three years before joining as a faculty at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

His areas of interest include VLSI for communication; non-linear dynamics and complex systems. Currently his research pursuits include‘VLSI design of reliability based soft decision decoders’ and ‘Exploring the use of non-linear dynamics and complexity analysis for identification of biomarkers for early detection of epileptic seizures usingheart rate variability (HRV) and EEGdata.

He has published papers in top tier peer reviewed journals and conferences and a book chapter. He also serves in the technical program committee of the flagship IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE).

Chaitanya Ganne, MD, PhD is a post doctoral fellow in the UAB department of Neurology

After completing his med school, Chaitanya went on to specialize in multimodal integration and network neuroscience in understanding the pathogensesis of epilepsy as a part of his two PhDs, one from NIMHANS, Bangalore and another from Maastricht University, Netherlands. Through his work with simultaneous EEG-fMRI in primary generalized and focal epilepsies to integrated IEEG-fMRI/HARDI to study cognitive effects of epilepsy, he has shown how multimodal integration can add to our understanding of how the brain works in health and in disease. Through a fellowship in Clinical Neuroimaging at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, he has furthered his skill in mapping for neuronavigation along with newer techniques in network neuroscience. Currently, his work is focused at studying cortical influence of thalamic stimulation in patients with epilepsy.  

"Integrating network neuroscience with clinical epileptology": Today the understanding of human brain is far from locating the different functions in specific regions of the brain. What's crucial to devising newer methods of treatment that provide improved clinical outcomes, is the ability to understand the intricate and dynamically varying network properties of the human brain in health and in disease

Auriana Irannejed

Sandipan Pati, MD

“My tattoo is my way of saying thank you to Dr. Pati and Dr. Riley, and it reminds me every day that epilepsy is a tough thing to live with but quitting is not an option.” 

successfully treated after Epilepsy surgery


Epilepsy and Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Emilia Toth, PhD is a post doctoral fellow in the UAB department of Neurology

Emilia Toth graduated with Ph.D. in Bioinformatics in epilepsy and electrophysiology at Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. She worked in Daniel Fabo and Istvan Ulbert’s lab. She is currently studying how the stimulation of the human thalamus affects the brain.

Emilia aims that this research will provide scientific basis and understanding for brain stimulation and modulation in epilepsy. In her free time (is there a thing at all?), Emilia enjoys being with her family, travelling, reading and watching sci-fi series.