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I am a faculty member in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) and Developmental Science (DS) training programs in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. I am also the Director of the DeLTA Center and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Department of Biology

Sleep—particularly its development, functions, and neural control—is the current focus of our research. Although most of our experiments are performed using infant rats and mice, we are also conducting studies using human infants and expect to expand this work in the coming years. 

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. The 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 Cassandra Coleman.


Alex Tiriac, Ph.D., wins Dissertation Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

Jimmy Dooley, Ph.D., receives NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship. 

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

A new website devoted to videos of twitching across the animal kingdom.


Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature
What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution 


Recent Publications

Theta oscillations during active sleep synchronize the developing rubro-hippocampal sensorimotor network. Current Biology, 2017. pdf

Gating of reafference in the external cuneate nucleus during self-generated movements in wake but not sleep. eLife, 2016. pdf

A new view of "dream enactment" in REM sleep behavior disorder. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2016. pdf

Spontaneous activity and functional connectivity in the developing cerebellorubral system. Journal of Neurophysiology, 2016. pdf

Developing sensorimotor systems in our sleep. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2015. pdf