Amin Zand Vakili received his MD from Tehran University in 2006. Thereafter, he earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2014, where he recorded neural activity from populations of cells in different cortical areas and studied how brain regions communicate with each other. After finishing his PhD, Amin completed his psychiatry residency at Brown University in 2018 as a part of NIH funded R25 research training track. In residency, he studied neuromodulation techniques (e.g. repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; TMS) and how they can affect and alter coordinated neural activity and communication amongst brain networks. He has received the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award, the Chair’s Choice travel award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.
Presently, Amin has a joint appointment at Brown University and Providence VA Medical Center. In his research, he uses electrophysiological techniques to understand the neurobiology of mental illness and how different treatments change brain circuitry. Specifically, Dr. Zand Vakili employs machine learning and computational modeling to analyze electroencephalography data recorded in patients as they undergo TMS for treatment of depression and PTSD.
Dr. Zand Vakili’s research is funded by a variety of sources, including a mentored research award from NIH and Brown University’s Advance-CTR as well as a pilot project award from the Department of Veterans Affairs RR&D funded Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.