The BNBL is a research lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. The lab is run by Rick Betzel, who also has affiliations with the Cognitive Science Program, Program in Neuroscience, and the Network Science Institute.


Rick Betzel, PhD, Principal Investigator

Office: Psychology Building, Room 347

Lab: Psychology Building, A316

Email: rbetzel [at] indiana [dot] edu

Personal website, Google scholar


Farnaz Zamani Esfahlani, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Office: Psychology Building, A316

My research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms of psychiatric disorders using complex systems methodologies. More specifically, I am interested to use a combination of network science, dynamical modeling, and machine learning techniques to study the association of brain connectivity patterns and cognition, behavior, and symptoms in patients with psychiatric disorders.

Personal website


Yiru Dong, Undergraduate

Major: Psychology (certificate in neuroscience)

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Brock Glaser, Undergraduate

Major: Biology


Mckenzie Mimms, Undergraduate

Major: Psychology (certificate in neuroscience with minor in biology)


Luis Nieves, Undergraduate

Major: Informatics and Cognitive Science


  • Danielle Bassett (Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Olaf Sporns (Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University)

  • Bratislav Misic (Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill)

  • Brielle Stark (Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University)

  • Patric Hagmman (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)

  • Franco Pestilli (Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University)