Diana Pizarro is a graduate student in the UAB Department of Neurology.

Diana graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering. 

Adeel Ilyas, MD

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

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.


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

Auriana Irannejed

“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

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About our lab

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

Emilia Toth, PhD

Diana Pizarro, BSEE

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

  • 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.

Sandipan Pati, MD



Epilepsy and Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

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

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.

Chaitanya Ganne, MD, PhD