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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 complete this application form and email it to Cassandra Coleman.


Interested in joining the lab as a postdoc or a postbac? Email Mark Blumberg

Mark is featured in Q&A in Current Biology.

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

Developmental "awakening" of primary motor cortex to the sensory consequences of movement. eLife, 2018. pdf

Corollary discharge in precerebellar nuclei of sleeping infant rats. eLife, 2018. pdf

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