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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

Dr. Miller directs the Auditory Neuroscience and Speech Recognition Lab at UC Davis. His neuro-engineering 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. 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.


Selected Publications


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