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


Youngheun Jo, PhD Student

Office: Psychology Building, A316

In my undergrad, I double majored in Biology and Biotechnology in Sogang University Seoul, South Korea. I earned my Master's in Neuroscience at King's College London. During my MS, I researched the structural connectivity of the vertical occipital fasciculi and their functional role in language. Also, I have worked in the Radiology Department in Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea processing and analyzing brain MR data.

At the BNBL, I want to research brain networks based on structural and functional connectivity. In detail, my research passion lies in understanding the individual brain's network characteristics and the principles underlying brain network development. Also, I am interested in improving analysis pipelines and applying/developing new network science tools and ideas.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my cat, playing badminton and traveling.


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)