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, feel free to contact me. If you are an undergraduate interested in joining the lab, please email this application form to Dr. Greta Sokoloff.


Jimmy Dooley receives 2022 Outstanding Early Invesigator Award from Sleep Research Society. 

Jimmy Dooley receives Career Developmental Award from Sleep Research Society Foundation.

Our human infant research highlighted.

Postdoctoral positions available; learn more here.

Lex Gómez wins the Publication Award from the Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program for her recent paper.

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Recent Publications

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 

Parallel and serial processing in developing primary somatosensory and motor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 2021. pdf