The N-LAB is building a multidisciplinary team of talented scientists and engineers interested in pursuing innovative ideas to understand brain functions better. We will engage to provide researchers and trainees a supportive and inclusive environment. Regardless of gender, race, origins, prior knowledge, we will try to make sure all lab members feel they belong to the lab family. 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

NAN LI, PH.D.

Email | NE3.222

Nan received her B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, both in Biomedical Engineering. After postdoctoral training at MIT, in 2021, she joined UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor, an endowed Thomas O. Hicks Scholar in Medical Research, in the Advanced Imaging Research Center, the Department of Neuroscience, and O’Donnel Brain Institute at UT Southwestern. Nan was selected as 20 McGovern Rising Stars at MIT in 2020. Nan is the recipient of the Harvard Chinese Life Sciences Distinguished Research Award, the Stanley Fahn Research Fellowship, Women in Bio Robbie Melton Scholarship Award, the UT System Rising STARs Award. 

 

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

MIN JUNG KIM, PH.D.

 Email | NE3.200

Min Jung received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Washington. In the past, she has conducted studies involving electrophysiology, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, and fiber-photometry in brain regions such as the amygdala, midbrain, and striatum. These studies were carried out in task-performing rodents or non-human primates.


POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

MUDITHA RATHNAYAKA, PH.D.

 Email | NE3.200 

Muditha received his B.S. in physical science, M.S. in Medical Physics, and Ph.D. in Bio-Medical Imaging Physics, from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has previously worked on abdominal imaging, MRI pulse development, medical image analysis, and machine learning. Apart from research, he enjoys being an aviation geek. 


RESEARCH ASSISTANT

DAYELIN NAVARRO, B.S.

Email | NE3.200 

Dayelin received her B.S in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2022. She is an aspiring neuropsychologist and enjoys learning about neurotransmitters, especially dopamine, and their effects on degenerative neurological diseases. Dayelin also enjoys biking, bowling, badminton, photography, and travel.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

RUI YANG, M.S.

Email | NE3.200 

Rui received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering&Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and hold an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. She is interested in medical image processing, machine learning, and computational biophysiological system modeling. In her spare time, she likes to binge-watch the Harry Potter movie series while sipping on a golden spice latte.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

AMAN PATHAN

Email | NE3.200 

Aman is a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at UT Dallas. He is very excited to join the neuroimaging lab as his first research experience. He wants to learn about imaging techniques to further study the brain and further learn to apply bioengineering concepts. In his free time, Aman likes playing tennis and making art.

YOU!

Postdoctoral trainees, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting research scholars are welcome to join our team! Postdoctoral candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering/bioengineering, or equivalent doctoral degree in neuroscience, electrical and computer engineering, biochemistry, or a related field, prior to the effective date of the appointment. Highly motivated and talented candidates are welcome to apply. Background with MRI /Neuroscience /Synthetic Biology will be a plus. Information on the UT Southwestern postdoctoral training program, benefits, and a virtual tour can be found here.  

Interested applicants should send an email to Dr. Nan Li, with a CV, contact information for three references, and a brief statement of research achievements, interests, and career plans. 


 

LAB ALUMNI

HIRAL DHRUVE - Undergraduate Research Student, 2023    
ANGELICA S CRUZ CALDERON- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) and Amgen Scholar, 2023
DENG ZHANG - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022-2023
SAMMY ZIAD HAKAM - Undergraduate Research Student, 2022   
YEISON RODRIGUEZ - Undergraduate Research Student, 2022 
JING WANG -  Research Assistant, 2021-2022