Research in the Blumberg lab focuses on sleep: its development, neural control, and functional significance. We use behavioral, neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, and genetic approaches to help us understand why we sleep so much more when we are young and what can go wrong when we don't. This research is performed in young rats and in preterm and full-term human infants. To gain a full appreciation for the questions we ask and the approaches we take, you may wish to read some of our articles or watch some of our videos.

If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please don't hesitate to send me an email to learn more about our research and training opportunities. You can apply through the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences or the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience. These two programs have different requirements, so you should consider them carefully before applying. 

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, please contact me directly. If you are an undergraduate interested in joining the lab, please email this application form to Dr. Greta Sokoloff.


Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Glanz, our latest newly minted PhD!

Mark interviewed about sleep and dreams in The Atlantic and about "sleeping" jumping spiders on NPR's All Things Considered.

Jimmy Dooley, former postdoc, is a new assistant professor at Purdue University. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Alex Tiriac (PhD 2016) as he starts his new faculty position at Vanderbilt University!

Congratulations to Lex Gómez (PhD 2022) who has moved on to a postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins University!

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Recent Publications

Sleep, plasticity, and sensory neurodevelopment. Neuron, 2022.

Activity in developing prefrontal cortex is shaped by sleep and sensory experience. bioRXiv

Movements during sleep reveal the developmental emergence of a cerebellar-dependent internal model in motor thalamus. Current Biology, 2021. pdf

Sensory coding of limb kinematics in motor cortex across a key developmental transition. Journal of Neuroscience, 2021. pdf

Twitches emerge postnatally during quiet sleep in human infants and are synchronized with sleep spindles. Current Biology, 2021. pdf