Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D.

Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D. agunduz@bme.ufl.edu
Brain Mapping Laboratory

1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building J283, Gainesville, FL 32611

T: (352) 273-6877
F: (352) 273-9221

Professor & Fixel Brain Mapping Professor

Human brain mapping, neuromodulation and neural interfacing


B.S., Electrical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2001
M.S., Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2003
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL , 2008
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Neurology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 2011

Research Summary:

Dr. Gunduz’ research focuses on finding precursors to behavior and aftereffects of stimulation in neural networks through electrophysiology and bioimaging. Her lab aims to translate this knowledge into clinical diagnostic and therapeutic systems to improve the quality of life of those suffering from neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Gunduz works with many clinical populations, such as neurosurgical patients with epilepsy and movement disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor), as well as stroke patients undergoing neurorehabilitation.

Honors and Awards:

  • UF Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award, 2024
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2022
  • Gator Nation Leadership Award, 2022
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow, 2022
  • Fixel Brain Mapping Professorship, 2021
  • UF Term Professorship, 2021 – 2024
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2019
  • UF Research Foundation Professor, 2019-2022
  • UF Graduate Education Diversity Champion Award, 2019
  • UF Pramod P. Khargonekar Junior Faculty Award of Excellence, 2018-2019
  • UF Preeminence Term Professor, 2017-2020
  • J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2017-2020
  • Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, 2017
  • UF Provost’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, 2017
  • Research Excellence Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2016
  • Senior Member of IEEE, 2016
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering Early Career Award, 2015
  • UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Scholar, 2015

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

E. Opri, S. Cernera, R. Molina, R. Eisinger, J. Cagle, L. Almeida, T. Denison, M. S. Okun, K. D. Foote, A. Gunduz, “Chronic embedded cortico-thalamic closed-loop deep brain stimulation for the treatment of essential tremor,” Science Translational Medicine, 12:eaay7680, 2020.

R. Eisinger, B. Scott, A. Le, E. Torres-Ponce, J. Lanese, C. Hundley, B. Nelson, T. Ravy, J. Lopes, S. Thompson, S. Sathish, R. O’Connell, M. Okun, D. Bowers, A. Gunduz, “Pavlovian bias in Parkinson’s disease: an objective marker of impulsivity that modulates with deep brain stimulation,” Nature Scientific Reports, 10:13448, 2020.

J. Cagle, M.S. Okun, E. Opri, S. Cernera, R. Molina, K.D. Foote, A. Gunduz, “Differentiating tic electrophysiology from voluntary movement in the human thalamocortical circuit,” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 91:533-39, 2020.

R. Eisinger, J. Cagle, E. Opri, J. Alcantara, S. Cernera, K.D. Foote, M.S. Okun, A. Gunduz, “Parkinsonian beta power dynamics during rest and movement in the globus pallidus internus and subthalamic nucleus,” Journal of Neuroscience, 40:2859-67, 2020.

E. Opri, S. Cernera, M.S. Okun, K.D. Foote, A. Gunduz, “The functional role of thalamocortical coupling in the human motor network,” Journal of Neuroscience, 39: 8124-34, 2019.