Lab Director

Yalda Shahriari, Ph.D.DSC_0276-286x300

Dr. Yalda Shahriari is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the director of NeuralPC Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests are biomedical signal processing, brain-computer interface (BCI) for assistive technology, statistical analysis and modeling, machine learning algorithms, healthcare units and biomedical data analysis. Dr. Shahriari accomplished her postdoctoral studies at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She got her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Old Dominion University, her M. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology, and her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Ferdowsi University, Iran. Dr. Shahriari is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation awards, including NSF/DARE (2019), NSF/NCS (2020), NSF/CHS (2020), and Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (2017). She is a professional member of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Society, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Pankaj Pandey, Ph.D.

Pankaj Pandey is a postdoctoral fellow at the NeuralPC Lab, where his research is dedicated to decoding cognitive tasks through multimodal neuroimaging data. His research interest lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and neuroscience to identify unique and invariant features across subjects that could contribute to early diagnosis, develop brain-computer interfaces, and create personalized neurostimulation protocols. His research focuses on enhancing the explainability and optimization of deep learning models for spatiotemporal neuroimaging data.

Graduate Students


John McLinden, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation: Electro-vascular dynamics during auditory processing: variation along the schizotypy continuum

Fall 2020-

John is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the NeuralPC Lab. His research interests include noninvasive neuroimaging techniques, biosignal processing, and the exploration of auditory processing. 


Behtom Adeli, Ph.D. Student

Dissertation: TBD

Fall 2023-

Behtom is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at the NeuralPC Lab, with research interests at the intersection of neural engineering, neuroscience, and deep learning.


Maryam Norouzi, Ph.D. Student

Dissertation: TBD

Fall 2022-

Maryam’s research is focused on analyzing simultaneous fNIRS and EEG signals collected from subjects engaged in sustained attention tasks. The goal is to identify biomarkers linked to sustained attention and utilize these findings to develop an adaptive decoder that integrates fused fNIRS-EEG features. Furthermore, her work includes advancing novel tripolar EEG technology.


Alex Cerullo, M.S. Student

Project: TBD

Spring 2023-





Bahram Borgheai, Ph.D. 

Dissertation: Incorporating Hemodynamic Cognitive Neuromarkers for Personalized Assistive Communication Technology

Fall 2018-Spring 2022

Currently a postdoc at Georgia Tech and Emory University School  of Medicine


Sarah Hosni, Ph.D. 

Dissertation: Multimodal Integration of Motor Imagery-based Signatures for Neural Response Classification

Fall 2017- Dec 2021

Currently a lecturer at Old Dominion University




Roohi Jafari, Ph.D.  

Dissertation: Spectro-Temporal Based Quantification of Brain Functions in Neurological Disorders

Fall 2017-Spring 2021

Currently a postdoc at Georgia Tech and Emory University School of Medicine



Alyssa Zisk, Ph.D. 

Dissertation: Quantifying and Compensating for P300 Variations in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Currently a project coordinator at Communication First 


James Mcintyre, M.Sc. 

Fall 2020-Summer 2022







Debanjan Borthakur, M.Sc.

Dissertation: Quantifying the Effects of Motor Tasks on Cortico-kinematic Coherence in Parkinson’s Disease

Summer 2017-Summer 2018




Undergrad Students


Oluwatobi Williams

Tobi is a Junior majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in mathematics. His interests are in neural and genetic engineering. 





Danica Kate Ramos

Danica is a Sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics and in the Pre-Med Track. Her research interests are Neural Engineering, Tissue and Cell Engineering and Medical Instrumentation. 




Damon Georgiou







Julia Donovan