Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

PhD, Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kilachand Center, Room 805A


Lewis is developing new, comprehensive ways to map brain dynamics over time—particularly during sleep cycles. She and her team are interested in how deep brain circuits, such as those in the thalamus, regulate and modulate cortical and behavioral states. Her fast, high-resolution neuroimaging techniques can detect activity in these complex brain circuits. She employs computational and systems neuroscience approaches to study how large-scale brain networks shift between sleep and wake states, and how sleep deprivation leads to cognitive dysfunction. Lewis joined Boston University in 2019, after recent work as an investigator at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received the Society for Neuroscience Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award and was selected as a Kavli fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests:

brain imaging, neural dynamics, computational neuroscience and signal processing, neural circuits underlying sleep and attention, decoding and predicting brain activity, neurovascular coupling, psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders


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