Principal Investigator


Lee M. Miller

Professor – Dept. of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

Professor – Dept. of Otolaryngology | Head and Neck Surgery

Technical Director: UC Davis Center for Mind & Brain

UC Davis : (530) 297-4474

Lee Miller received his doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley. His academic training includes quantum physics, single-cell neurophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 2004, in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior and the Center for Mind & Brain. His lab investigates the neural bases of auditory perception and speech recognition.

Graduate Students

Britt Yazel

Neuroscience Graduate Group –

Britt received a bachelor’s in biology with minors in computer science and biochemistry from Eastern Washington University in 2014. He is currently a 5th year Ph.D. student in the U.C. Davis Neuroscience Graduate Group, and works in the labs of Dr. Lee Miller and Dr. Sanjay Joshi. Britt’s work is focused on auditory selective attention, neuroprosthetic devices, and accessibility technology for persons with disabilities. Britt expects to graduate in the spring of 2021.

Tanya Matyushkina
(member of Prof. David Corina’s lab). Tanya is a 4th year graduate student in Psychology, broadly interested in speech perception. Her current project is dedicated to investigation of effects of cross-modal plasticity on speech perception in children with cochlear implants.

Research Assistants

Akshita Sharma
Akshita is an overly passionate Mathematics enthusiast. She’s fascinated by the beauty of Mathematics and its applications in all fields. She aims to direct her focus on learning and implementing her skills especially in machine learning technology and data optimization to further enhance the quality of life for all.
Karim Abou Najm
Karim is a first year undergraduate double majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and minoring in Mathematics. He is a passionate student working towards an understanding of the brain and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with it, through augmentation. This interest extends computationally to learning and emulating the mind, and neurologically to the biological interface on multiple levels of magnification. Outside of class, Karim enjoys writing, usually composing creative pieces and critically reviewing novels.
Jessica Cai
Jessica is an ASPIRE fellow and Computer Science & Engineering major who loves creating innovative solutions to interesting problems. She is conducting EEG analysis to investigate speech encoding/decoding, and is fascinated by how the brain processes sound. In her free time, Jessica likes to run, bake, and go on long walks. She is also interested in learning first aid, ASL, and home/auto repair.
Ian Chuang
Ian is a freshman at UC Davis majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He is interested in pursuing research and using computer science to solve a wide range of applications. Outside of computer science, his interests include playing tennis, 3D printing, and watching One Piece.
Ipsa Parekh


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Professor of Engineering –  Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering – UC Davis
David Corina
Prof. of Linguistics – Center for Mind & Brain, UC Davis
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Assistant Professor – UC Merced
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Assoc. Research Professor – UC Merced
Fernando Espinosa-Iniguez
Miller Lab consultant
Matthew Stickle
Jr. Specialist – UC Davis
Luis El Srouji
Graduate student, Physics – UC Davis
Gregg Recanzone
Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior – UC Davis


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Andrew Kessler Nathaniel Guteirrez Christopher Bishop
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Kristina Backer Tom Campbell Kevin Hill
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Jess Kerlin Sam London Bartlett Moore
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Markham Anderson Deepak Yadav Fernando Espinosa-Iniguez
Matthew Stickle Niranjana Jayakrishnan Aashir Farooqi
Yinuo Qin Luis El Srouji Sonja Swanson