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Lee Miller


  • Ph.D., Bioengineering (Systems Neuroscience), UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, 2001
  • Fulbright Fellowship (quantum chaos), Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany, 1993–94
  • B.S., Physics, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1993 (summa cum laude)


Lee Miller is a bioengineer and neuroscientist who studies how our brains perceive speech—especially in noisy environments—with the goal of ameliorating hearing loss. After a postgraduate fellowship in quantum physics at Philipps-Universität (Marburg, Germany), he pursued his doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of California, (San Francisco and Berkeley) and a postdoc in cognitive neuroimaging at UC Berkeley. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 2004 in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and the Center for Mind and Brain.

Research Focus

The Miller Lab studies the neural bases of auditory perception, multisensory integration, and speech recognition in human listeners. The primary motivation is to understand and improve listening in everyday noisy environments, especially for those with hearing loss. Methods include noninvasive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), high-density electroencephalography (EEG), and neural network analysis. Findings from the lab have resulted in practical solutions for improved audiological diagnosis and may lead to new hearing-device designs in wearable aids and implants.


Selected Publications

Bishop, C. W., Yadav, D., London, D., & Miller, L. M. (2014). The effects of preceding lead-alone and lag-alone click trains on the buildup of echo suppression. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(2), 803–17.

Miller, L. M. (2013). Shaken, not stirred: emergence of neural selectivity in a "cocktail party." Neuron, 77(5), 806–809.

Bishop, C. W., London, S., & Miller, L.M. (2011). Visual influences on echo suppression. Current Biology, 21, 221–225.

Kerlin, J. R., Shahin, A. J., & Miller, L. M. (2010). Attentional gain control of ongoing cortical speech representations in a "cocktail party." Journal of Neuroscience, 30(2), 620–628.

Miller, L,. M., & Recanzone, G. H. (2009). Populations of auditory cortical neurons can accurately encode acoustic space across stimulus intensity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(14), 5931–5.


Lee Miller teaches the core undergraduate course in neurobiology as well as specialty courses at the undergrad and graduate levels, including:

NPB100  Neurobiology

NPB165  Neurobiology of Speech Perception

NSC211  Advanced Topics in Neuroimaging


Invited speaker, Gordon Research Conference: Neurobiology of Cognition, Newry, ME, 2014

Child Family Fund Award, for research at UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, 2012

Keynote speaker, Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland, 2012

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel award, 2011