Lab Members



Bill Nobis



Bill Nobis, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Epilepsy Division


I graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University in 2000 and then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University in 2011. My graduate training focused on circuitry involved in stress and addiction in an area of the brain known as the extended amygdala. I did my residency in Neurology and an  Epilepsy fellowship both at Northwestern University in Chicago. I remained fascinated by these subcortical brain regions and their potential unexplored role in epilepsy. In particular, my research focuses on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). I returned to Nashville in Sept 2018, taking a position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an epileptologist and researcher to start a new lab. 

I hope that my translational and basic science explorations will be applicable to sudden death via neurologic mechanisms such as SUDEP and SIDS and that these brain regions can be explored in terms of their potential role in comorbid depression and anxiety often seen in epilepsy patients. I am happy to be back in Nashville with my wife, this time exploring the city as a father of three wonderful daughters.


Alyssa Mitchell, BS

Research Assistant


Yana Van den Abbeele, BS

Research Assistant


Wen Wei Yan, MS

Research Assistant



Lavanya Dhavala, junior

Olivia Nickel, junior

Eunyounh Hong, junior


Members Emeritus:


Maya Xia - NIH Postbac program -> Columbia MSTP

Alyssa Levitt - Northwestern School of Medicine

Jeremy Chiang - Hackensack School of Medicine

Katie Preisinger - Medical College of Georgia

Martina Hannaalla


Staff Scientist:

Benjamin Owen, PhD


Research Assistant:

Ragan Huffman - Myriad Genetics