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Thomas Thesen, Ph.D.


Thomas Thesen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of neuroscience in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine. He co-directs the nervous system and cardiac and respiratory courses and teaches in the areas of neuroscience and neurology.

Thesen leads the UH College of Medicine’s Cognitive Neurology Research Laboratory, which specializes in cognitive and translational research: moving state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques from the laboratory into clinical practice, and simultaneuously using the clinical environment to generate novel hypotheses about brain functions that can be tested.

In addition, the research group – which is also affiliated with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the New York University School of Medicine – investigates basic neuroscience questions dealing with epilepsy as well as sensory and cognitive processing, especially in patients implanted with intracranial electrodes. The researchers use a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to better understand how the brain works.

Thesen earned his doctorate from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and the Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) at Oxford University. He received postdoctoral training at the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego.

Previously, Thesen served as a faculty member in the neurology and radiology departments at the NYU School of Medicine for 10 years and was the founding director of NYU ECoG, a center for the study of cognition in patients with brain implants. He continues as an adjunct associate professor at NYU.

Thesen has also taught at St. George’s University in the West Indies and has served as a reviewer on several grant review panels, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, Israeli Science Foundation and the Helmholtz Association.

Research in Thesen’s laboratory has been supported by the NIH and philanthropic funding, and findings have been published in several high impact journals, including Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Neuron and Neurology.