Frank Betzel

Frank Betzel

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science Program


  • Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Science, Indiana University Bloomington
  • M.S., Biomechanics, Indiana University Bloomington
  • B.A., Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin College

Research interests

  • The topology of structural brain networks and its role in shaping patterns of functional connectivity.
  • Models of inter-areal communication dynamics in large-scale brain networks.
  • Principles of time-varying functional network reconfiguration and its relationship to ongoing cognitive processes.
  • The role of spatial embedding in shaping structural network organization and the emergence of tradeoffs between wiring cost and adaptive functional features.
  • Neurobiologically-constrained generative models of brain networks and applications to brain development.

Representative publications

  • Betzel, R. F. & Bassett, D. S. (2018). Specificity and robustness of long-distance connections in weighted, interareal connectomes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1, 201720186.
  • Betzel, R. F., Medaglia, J. D. & Bassett, D. S. (2018). Diversity of meso-scale architecture in human and non-human connectomes. Nature Communications, 9(1), 346.
  • Betzel, R. F., Medaglia, J. D., Papadopoulos, L., Baum, G. L. & Gur, R. (2017). The modular organization of human anatomical brain networks: Accounting for the cost of wiring. Network Neuroscience, 1(1), 42-68.
  • Betzel, R. F., Avena-Koenigsberger, A., Goñi, J., He, Y., De Reus, M. A., Griffa, A. (2016). Generative models of the human connectome. Neuroimage, 124, 1054-1064.
  • Betzel, R. F., Fukushima, M., He, Y., Zuo, X. N. & Sporns, O. (2016). Dynamic fluctuations coincide with periods of high and low modularity in resting-state functional brain networks. NeuroImage, 127, 287-297.
  • Betzel, R., Gu, S., Medaglia, J. & Pasqualetti, F. (2016). Optimally controlling the human connectome: the role of network topology. Scientific reports, 6, 30770.