Farnaz Zamani Esfahlani

I am an assistant professor in the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at Univeristy of Oklahoma. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher in Brain Networks and Behavior Lab at Indiana University--Bloomington. I am interested in studying the anatomical and functional properties of human brain networks in healthy and clinical populations.


  • Ph.D. in Systems Science, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, Binghamton, United States (2018)
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Complex Systems Science and Engineering (2015)
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, Binghamton, United States (2015)
  • B.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran (2012)
  • Reserach

    Dynamics of Functional Brain Networks

    Functional brain networks change in a fast time scale. I use our recently proposed "edge-centric" approach to study the dynamics of functional brain networks. I am specifically interested in studying the relevance of high-amplitude cofluctuations among brain regions with cognition and behavior.

    Structure-Function Relationships in Human Brain Networks

    Anatomical brain networks shape functional connectivity between brain regions. I am interested in examining the heterogeneity of structure-function relationships across cerebral cortex.

    Publications (Google Scholar)

    Selected Journal Papers
  • Zamani Esfahlani, F., Faskowitz, J., Slack, J., Misic, B., & Betzel, R.F. (2022). Local structure-function relationships in human brain networks across the human lifespan. Nature communications,13(1), 1-16.
  • Zamani Esfahlani, F., Jo, Y., Faskowitz, J., Byrge, L., Kennedy, D. P., Sporns, O., & Betzel, R. F. (2020). High-amplitude cofluctuations in cortical activity drive functional connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(45), 28393-28401.
  • Faskowitz, J., Zamani Esfahlani, F., Jo, Y., Sporns, O., & Betzel, R. F. (2020). Edge-centric functional network representations of human cerebral cortex reveal overlapping system-level architecture. Nature neuroscience, 23(12), 1644-1654.
  • Jo, Y., Zamani Esfahlani, F., Faskowitz, J., Chumin, E., Sporns, O., & Betzel, R. (2021). The diversity and multiplexity of edge communities within and between brain systems. Cell reports, 37(7), 110032.
  • Zamani Esfahlani, F., Bertolero, M. A., Bassett, D. S., & Betzel, R. F. (2020). Space-independent community and hub structure of functional brain networks. NeuroImage, 211, 116612.
  • Betzel, R. F., Byrge, L., Zamani Esfahlani, F., & Kennedy, D. P. (2020). Temporal fluctuations in the brain’s modular architecture during movie-watching. Neuroimage, 213, 116687.
  • Strauss, G., Zamani Esfahlani, F., Kirkpatrick, B., Allen, D., Visser, K., Gold, J., & Sayama, H. Network analysis reveals which negative symptom domains are most central in schizophrenia versus bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia Bulletin.
  • Strauss, G., Zamani Esfahlani, F., Visser, K., Dickinson, E., Gruber, J., & Sayama, H . Mathematical Modeling Emotion Regulation Abnormalities During Psychotic Experiences in Schizophrenia, Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Zamani Esfahlani, F., Visser, K.,Strauss, G., Sayama, H. A Network Based Classification Framework to Predict Treatment Response of Schizophrenia Patients. Expert Systems with Applications, 2018.
  • Visser, K., Zamani Esfahlani, F., Sayama, H., and Strauss, G., An Ecological Momentary Assessment Evaluation of Emotion Regulation Abnormalities in Schizophrenia, Psychological Medicine, 2018.
  • Zamani Esfahlani, F., Sayama, H., Visser, K, Strauss, G. Sensitivity of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale to Detecting Treatment Effects via Network Analysis, Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, 2017.