Gaurav Patel MD/PhD is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his MD and PhD at Washington University School of Medicine with Maurizio Corbetta and Larry Snyder.  He then completed his psychiatry residency at Columbia University, continuing his PhD work with Vincent Ferrera.  Afterwards he completed a T32 research fellowship with Daniel Javitt and has now joined the faculty at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. For his work, Gaurav has received a number of awards, including a NARSAD Young Investigator Award in 2015, a K23 Career Development Award in 2016, and a David Mahoney Neuroimaging Award from the Dana Foundation in 2017.  CV  Research Gate

Jessica Lee, PhD is the Associate Director of the DSC Lab.

Juan Sanchez-Pena M.S, Is the lab’s data manager and works with the MR team to stream line multi modal data processing pipelines for all supported protocols.

Nicole Macllavane M.A.

Nicole is the laboratory manager and  administrative ‘handler’ of the DSC Lab. She also conducts neuropsychological, behavioral, and MRI testing with participants. Her research interests lie in the usage of neuropsychological evaluation and naturalistic neuroimaging to better predict underlying psychophysiology and predict outcomes in psychiatric populations.

Aida Murati

Allen Qu

Benjamin Srivastava, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Substance Use Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine, completed his residency in general psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, and clinical fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry/T32 Research fellowship in Substance Use Disorders at Columbia University/NYSPI . His current research interests include using advanced functional imaging techniques to investigate changes in cortical-subcortical connectivity in alcohol use disorder related to protracted abstinence and negative affect states.


Nicholas Foley, PhD

Andrew Drysdale, MD/PhD


The “Twins”
Safia Mirza (Vanderbilt University CO ’22) and Daniel Vieira (Cornell University CO ’22) have been at the DSC lab since May 2019. They are currently investigating clinically-relevant rapid shifts in brain activity among patients with schizophrenia.

David Gruskin MD PhD candidate Columbia University

Nikita Nambiar (Barnard College of Columbia University CO’25) is an intern at DSC Lab. She is interested in better understanding the neurological underpinnings of drug addiction and neuronal disorders. She is also keen on looking into the role that psychological disposition plays in the context of the developing human brain


Nahian Chowdhury BA

Fabiola Plaza BA

Marie Mathieu MS

Daniel Ruiz-Betancourt BA

Yvette Dzumaga MD/MBA

Johanne Solis MS

Laura Bartel BS

Sophie Arkin MA