Sandra Gattas

2nd year Doctoral Graduate Student
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Office: 1400 Biological Sciences III


Sandra graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Physiology and a B.A. in Dance. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked with Dr. Josef Parvizi at Stanford University where she studied how learning affects visual processing in the human temporal cortex. As a graduate student in electrical engineering, she is interested in applying computational methods in order to extract useful information from human brain signals for improved characterization of brain memory systems. More specifically, she is now using human intracranial recordings to study how the hippocampus may play a role in distinguishing between similar memories and to quantify the hippocampal computations by which this may take place.


Daitch, A. L., Foster, B. L., Schrouff, J., Rangarajan, V., Kaşikçi, I., Gattas, S., & Parvizi, J.Mappinghuman temporal and parietal neuronal population activity and functional coupling during mathematical cognition. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2016.

Talks and Poster Presentations:

Jennifer Meylor, Sandra Gattas, Josef Parvizi. Exploring how epilepsy affects visual learning ability in the human brain. Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference, Minneapolis, 2016.

Jennifer Yih, Sandra Gattas, Xiaofang Yang, and Josef Parvizi. Probing the neuroanatomy of olfactory processing in the human orbitofrontal cortex with electrical brain stimulation. Washington, D.C., Society for Neuroscience, 2015.

Vinitha Rangarajan, Brett L. Foster, Sandra Gattas, Josef Parvizi. “Temporal Dissociation of Sub-Category Level Face Processing.” Washington, D.C., Society for Neuroscience, 2014.

Sandra Gattas, Daryl Eggers. “Valine and Isoleucine Solubility as a Function of Secondary Solutes.” Anaheim, 25th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, 2013.

Sandra Gattas, Daryl Eggers. “Valine Solubility as a Function of Secondary Solutes.” Mills College, Oakland, 24th Annual ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2012.

Sandra Gattas, Nahal Nassabeh, Rocio Avila. “Peer Advising Taken to New Heights.” Denver, Colorado, National Academic Advising Association Conference, 2011.