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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 Cassandra Coleman.


Didhiti Mukherjee's dissertation project will be published in eLife.

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

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

Active sleep promotes functional connectivity in developing sensorimotor networks. BioEssays, 2018. pdf

Phantom limbs, neuroprosthetics, and the developmental origins of embodiment. Trends in Neurosciences, 2017. pdf 

Wakefulness suppresses retinal-wave-related activation of visual cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 2017. pdf

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