Lee Miller

Lee Miller Portrait

Position Title

Room 172
267 Cousteau Place, Davis CA 95618


  • 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 we communicate with speech—especially in real environments—with the goal of ameliorating hearing loss and other impairments. 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

Dr. Miller directs the Speech Neuroengineering and Cybernetics Lab at UC Davis. His research uses techniques such as EEG, functional MRI, and machine learning to translate fundamental scientific results into real-world solutions for people with hearing loss, speech disorders, and motor impairments. He has been principal investigator on grants from federal agencies (NIH, DOD), private donors, and major industry partners (Google, Facebook/Oculus, Starkey Hearing Technologies). In recent years he has developed a patented brain-based hearing loss diagnostic, as well as a wearable “attentional prosthesis” and mobile app that will help listeners understand speech in noisy environments.



Speech Neuroengineering and Cybernetics (Miller)




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, Stanford Hearing Seminar, CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Palo Alto, CA, 2017

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