Rafay received his BSc. (Hons) degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2014. He then proceeded to work as a Lab Manager in a research lab at the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a PhD student in the Neuroscience Program in 2017.
My broad research interests encompass cognitive control and attention. I am using tinnitus as a model to study anatomical and functional changes in the brain as they relate to cognitive functioning.
As a PhD student in the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience lab, I am using numerous structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging sequences to study the neural mechanisms of tinnitus, and how they relate to the diminished cognitive capacity seen in those who suffer from tinnitus.