Engineering new ways to study the brain in real life


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About Us

The Glass Brain Lab Loves Real Life.

We are a new lab at the University of Vermont, proud to be part of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department. We seek new students and study volunteers to help us grow.

Our mission is to break human neuroimaging out of the lab using new technology and machine learning. By understanding the brain as it operates in real life, we can pave the way for devices that detect problematic brain states in real-time and provide help or support, a sort of pacemaker for the brain.

Considering joining a lab? Help Wanted


What we study and how:

Mindless Reading

We can decode brain & eye signals observed while someone is reading to predict how well they'll do on a later comprehension quiz. Can we do it real-time and intervene to help?

The Aha Moment

The Attentional Orienting Response brain signal occurs when something captures your attention. Detecting it in real-life scenarios may shed light on ADHD & addiction.

Automated Therapy Labeling

Exposure Therapy is the standard for treating anxious kids. To find out which elements help, we're training a deep learning system to detect therapist techniques.

Naturalistic Experiments

We use a 3D game engine and VR headset to present experiments that mimic real life while maintaining tight control and synchronizing data streams.

Emerging Tech

As engineers, we are well positioned to apply new technologies like mobile EEG, virtual reality, and computer vision to impactful neuroscience questions.

Denoising & Decoding

Increasing naturalism means allowing more artifacts. We use machine learning and environmental context to cut through the noise.


    Help Wanted

    If you're an engineer, computer scientist, or neuroscientist who can code, we could use your skills.

    Experience with neuroimaging or machine learning are especially helpful.

    Here's why the lab is a great place to be:

    Unique Neuro Questions

    We bring an engineering mindset to neuroscience. This (1) lets us learn about the human brain in ways that other labs can't, and (2) drives us to build things to address the problems we see.

    Cutting-Edge Tech

    Learn fMRI, mobile EEG, machine learning, virtual reality, gaze tracking, and mobile monitoring. By staying on top of this tech, we can understand which neuroscience questions are newly possible to answer.

    Excellent People

    We're a new lab, but we already have a great team. Ties to UVM's med school, neuro program, and complex systems center will keep you supported. Collaborations with the NIH, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Brown will grow your career network.

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David Jangraw

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jangraw received a BSE in EE from Princeton and a PhD in BME from Columbia. He then served at the NIH for 6 years. He has studied brain-computer interfaces, fMRI methods, and pediatric mood disorders.

Haorui Sun

PhD Student

Haorui received his BA in Biology and Computer Science from Grinnell College. After losing faith in pure Biology, he is currently studying BME at UVM with a focus on brain imaging and brain-computer interfaces.

George Spearing

Masters Student

George is a UVM electrical engineering grad pursuing his MS in Computer Science. He has designed, built and driven electric vehicles with the Alternative Energy Racing Organization, a club at UVM, for the past 4 years.

Claire Davis


Claire is a senior pursuing a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. She is interested in developing technologies to learn about and treat neurological disorders.

Dakota Allen


Dakota is a senior biomedical engineering major with a double minor in neuroscience and computer science. Her interests include applying machine learning to neuroscience. She also enjoys hiking and reading.

JJ Sheehan


JJ Sheehan is pursuing a BSE in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He serves on the executive board of the Society of Biomedical Engineers, and as President of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Spencer Dooley


Spencer is a senior data science major and will be completing his master’s degree next year. Interests include applying machine learning and mathematical modeling to problems in science and technology.

Abbey Knobel


Abbey is a sophomore pursuing a BSE in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She is also a member of the UVM Women’s Varsity Soccer Team and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Blythe Hattenbach


Blythe is a sophomore pursuing a BSE in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She also enjoys participating in intramural sports, skiing, and hiking.

Oumou Samake


Oumou is a sophomore in Biomedical Engineering with an interest in adapting neuroscience to prosthetics and classroom environments.

Katie Crouch

Rotating PhD Student

Katie received an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and worked as a clinician for 8 years. She is now pursuing a PhD in Interprofessional Health Sciences, focused on the cognitive and emotional impacts of stuttering.

Katie Grenon

Rotating PhD Student

Katie is a Speech and Language Pathologist pursing her PhD in the Interprofessional Health Sciences program. Her driving interest is understanding and describing the conversational behaviors that support satisfying communication.


Clay Kaufman


Computer Science & Mathematics major

Olivia O'Brien


Biomedical Engineering major

Sean Applegate


Biomedical Engineering major, Computer Science minor