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Joaquin Goni


Joaquín Goñi
Assistant Professor, August 2015 – Present
School of Industrial Engineering & Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, USA




Associate Research Scientist, August 2014 – August 2015, Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI), Indianapolis, Indiana

Assistant Research Scientist, July 2014 – July 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Research Associate, June 2011 – June 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Postdoctoral Researcher, December 2008 – June 2011, Center for Applied Medical Research, Pamplona, Spain

PhD, 2008, University of Navarra, Spain

Visiting Fellow, January 2007 – June 2007, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Visiting Fellow, April 2006 – August 2006, Boston, MA

MS, Computer Science, 2005, University of the Basque Country, Spain

BS, Computer Engineering, 2003, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Postdoctoral Researchers

Enrico Amico

Enrico Amico
Postdoctoral Researcher
I'm a physicist who graduated from the University Federico II of Naples, Italy. After earning my Master's in 2012, I decided to follow my passion for the scientific study of consciousness. I enrolled in a joint PhD program between the Coma Science Group, University of Liège, and the Marinazzo Lab at the University of Ghent, Belgium. During my four years there as a PhD student I mainly focused on implementing new methods for brain connectivity assessment across levels of consciousness. Indeed, brain connectivity in particular and network science in general are currently my two favorite domains of research. That's why I am super excited to join the CONNplexity Lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher. I am willing to learn as much as I can from Prof. Joaquín Goñi about network science and functional and structural brain connectomics, and I hope to become an expert in the field some day. 

Graduate Students

Uttara Tipnis

Uttara Tipnis
PhD Student & Graduate Teaching Assistant
I completed my Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India, in 2013, after which I worked as an assistant with an employability and soft skills training consultancy for six months. I started my Master's in Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University in 2014, where I worked as a teaching and research assistant for two years. As a research assistant, I worked on my thesis, "Analysis of Demographic and Clinical Data of Patients to Determine the Effective Markers of Bipolar Disorder", under Dr. Sunderesh Heragu. After earning my PhD, I would like to secure a position in academia for teaching and research.

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Duy Anh Duong-Tran
PhD Student
Before coming to Purdue University, I earned Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Industrial/Entrepreneurial Engineering, and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, at Western Michigan University. At WMU, I became greatly interested in theoretical frameworks such as Spectral Graph Theory, Random Graph, Random Matrix Theory, Combinatorics, Stochastic Processes, and their applications to various complex networks. As I begin my research career, I would like to contribute to both the theoretical foundations of complex networks and their applications in structural/functional human brain connectomics. I find that my research passions align well with Dr. Joaquín Goñi’s research interests. Recently I’ve also become very interested in neuroplasticity and its relationship to time-dependent (online) network models such as the Preferential Attachment Model. I am also very fascinated about theoretical/applied community detection approaches in network science. I received a Ross Fellowship for the academic year 2017-18.

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Meenusree Rajapandian
MSIE Student
I completed my Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at PSG College of Technology, India, after which I worked as a Product Development Engineer. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Industrial Engineering and am greatly interested in the area of Networks Science and its applications. I am looking forward to exploring and contributing to the theoretical foundations of Networks, especially in methods related to communicability and community detection in complex networks. 


Undergraduate Students

Photo of Sarafina GonzalezSarafina Gonzalez
Undergraduate Student, First-Year Engineering
I am a First-Year Engineering student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering. I find Dr. Joaquín Goñi’s research on Brain Connectomics riveting and am eager to participate in the CONNplexity Lab. I have a specific interest in statistical analysis on brain connectomics and complex networks and I will be working on an independent study in the Spring 2017.



Photo of Michael wangMichael Wang
I completed my Bachelor of Science degrees in Neuroscience and Biology at Indiana University Bloomington in 2016, where I studied topics including the neurobiology of addiction and electroencephalography (EEG). Currently, I am completing a degree in Industrial Engineering and plan to pursue a career centered around Machine Learning and Optimization. I am fascinated with brain connectivity and I am very excited to work with Dr. Joaquín Goñi in the CONNplexity Lab to learn more about network science and its applications. 


External Members

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Emanuela De Falco
Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Christopher C. Lapish, Associate Professor, IUPUI, School of Science, Dept. of Psychology 
I study electrophysiological recordings of rodent behavior, focusing particularly on the analysis of spike trains and local field potentials recorded in areas of the brain involved in working memory and decision making.  




Vibha Viswanathan

Vibha Viswanathan
PhD Student, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
I received a BE degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, India in 2006, then completed a master's degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2007, specializing in Signal Processing. Following this, I worked at The MathWorks for seven years, developing, testing and providing application support for mathematical software (MATLAB and Simulink). In 2015, I joined the Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology at Boston University, where I studied the neural mechanisms of speech-in-noise perception using electroencephalography (EEG) and techniques from network science. In the Fall 2016 semester, I will join Prof. Joaquín Goñi's lab at Purdue University as a graduate student. I am interested in studying complex systems in nature which exhibit a degree of orderly emergent behavior, despite being composed of parts that seemingly interact with each other in a disorderly manner. In particular, I am interested in using techniques from network science, nonlinear dynamics, signal processing, and statistics to characterize complex systems that occur in a variety of disciplines including neuroscience. For my PhD work, I plan to use functional neuroimaging data to study patterns of brain connectivity in health and disease. I received a Lynn Fellowship from the Purdue Graduate School for the academic year 2016-17.