Principal Investigator

MillerLMmugshot2015_500px_crop Lee M. Miller

Associate Professor – Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, 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 2020.

Markham Anderson

Computer Science Masters program –

Markham received a bachelor’s in linguistics and spent several years as a software engineer in industry before beginning his graduate degree in Computer Science. He is currently working in collaboration with Sanjay Joshi’s RASCAL lab on assistive hearing technology with a focus on improving intelligibility of noisy speech.

Research Assistants

  Matthew Stickle

Matthew is an undergraduate in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Sciences with an interest in computational neuroscience and neuroengineering. He assists with a variety of tasks investigating the capability of auditory beamforming prosthetic devices, with responsibilities ranging from experimental set up to programming and data analysis.

Fernando Espinosa-Iniguez

Fernando is an undergraduate in Cognitive Science, UC Davis. His interests include Neurobiology, Robotics, Machine Learning, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. His work in the Miller lab is to develop code and instrumentation for a wearable gaze-directed beamforming device that helps listeners hear in noisy environments.

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.


Niranjana Jayakrishnan

Nira is an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis. She is from Bangalore, India and is interested in programming and medical imaging. She is also passionate about singing and part of a competitive South Asian A Capella team.

  Yinuo Qin

Yinuo is an undergraduate research assistant in the Miller Lab. She majors in Mathematics, and her research interests are connective science, machine learning, and robotics.

Sonja Swanson

Sonja is an undergraduate double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. She enjoys working on the research in the Miller Lab because it allows her to combine her skills in both these areas in new and exciting ways. Her interests also include bioinformatics and genetics.

Aashir Farooqi

Aashir is a computer engineering undergraduate at UC Davis. He is passionate about app and web design, and hopes to further his skills in robotics. Outside of academics, he is an enthusiast about music and basketball.


David Corina

Prof. of Linguistics – Center for Mind & Brain, UC Davis

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Assistant Professor – UC Merced

Sanjay Joshi

Professor of Engineering –  Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

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Assoc. Research Professor – UC Merced


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