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. Although most of our experiments are performed using infant rats and mice, we are also conducting studies using 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, 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 wish to discuss your interests with me and learn more about our programs, please send me an email. If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, you should also feel free to contact me. If you are an undergraduate interested in joining the lab, please email this application form to Cassandra Coleman.


Postdoctoral positions available; learn more here.

Mark Blumberg receives the 2020 Senior Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

Jimmy Dooley receives the OVPR Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Fellow Excellence Award for 2020. 

Our research on sleep in human infants is featured in Episode 5 of the Netflix series, Babies.

How We Develop: A collection of articles published by WIREs Cognitive Science.

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Recent Publications

Self-generated whisker movements drive state-dependent sensory input to developing barrel cortex. Current Biology, 2020. pdf

Spatiotemporal organization of myoclonic twitching in sleeping human infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 2020. pdf

What is REM sleep? Current Biology, 2020. pdf

Active sleep promotes coherent oscillatory activity in the cortico-hippocampal system of infant rats. Cerebral Cortex, 2020. pdf