Meet the Principal Investigator
Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Pouratian's primary neurosurgical interest is in surgeries that preserve and restore function to patients, including movement disorder surgeries, surgeries for psychiatric conditions, and surgeries for peripheral nerve injuries and tumors. In order to do these surgeries, Dr. Pouratian uses advanced neuroimaging and brain and nerve mapping techniques, including functional MRI, cortical stimulation mapping, electrocorticographic (ECoG) mapping, optical imaging of intrinsic signals, and intraoperative EMG and nerve conduction studies.
His research focuses on further developing these mapping tools in order to expand the surgical indications and to develop new therapies for functional preservation and restoration. He is particularly interested in studying brain mapping signals to develop brain-computer interfaces to help patients with severe motor and language disabilities.
Current Lab Members
Postdoc and Research Scientists
Koorosh Mirpour, M.D., Ph.D.
Koorosh Mirpour, M.D., Ph.D., received his M.D. in Medicine from Azad Medical University and his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the School of Cognitive Sciences at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran. He joined Brain Research Institute as a Postdoctoral Scholar studying neural correlates of attention and eye movement in the department of Neurobiology at UCLA. His expertise are in neural data science and electrophysiology. He is currently a project scientist in the department of neurological surgery at UT Southwestern and works on the underlying mechanisms of neurological disorders using invasive brain neurophysiology.
Jeong Woo Choi, Ph.D.
Jeong Woo Choi, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea, and joined NBMRL as a postdoctoral scholar in 2017. His research focusses on movement-related neural dynamics within and between subcortical and cortical regions in movement disorders, from invasive neurophysiological recordings with advanced signal analysis techniques.
Soroush Niketeghad received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran and his M.S. degree in computer engineering from University of Denver, CO. He did his master’s thesis on designing a closed loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) system and he also worked on computational modeling of the circuit of Papez at Medtronic Inc. Soroush started his Ph.D. in bioengineering at UCLA and joined the Neurosurgical brain mapping and restoration lab on September 2015 and he is currently studying the recordings and stimulation of the visual cortex of the blind patients. His main interests are biomedical signal processing and computational modeling of the brain.
Emily Koenig is a lab coordinator for the NMBR Lab. She graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. For her senior thesis, Emily analyzed MRI scans to investigate neural correlates specific to spelling ability in school aged children. Emily is excited to be a part of a lab that is using innovate techniques to explore neural activity of movement disorder patients. Her primary responsibilities include management of day-to-day laboratory operations and patient recruitment.
Hamasa Ebadi received a B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience from Gettysburg College. She also holds an M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities - with a concentration in neuroethics - from Case Western Reserve University. Her thesis focused on understanding deep brain stimulation as a treatment for TBI and PD through an ethical lens. Hamasa’s research interest focuses on the neuroethics of using neurosurgical interventions to treat various neurological disorders.