Cortical Functional Organization lab



Assistant: Lili Lai

Research Interest: Visual and perceptual neural mechanisms; touch; attention and other cognitive mechanisms of higher cognitive behavior; Neurotechnology

Key Word: UHF MRI; Neuroscience; Non-Human primate (NHP) 

“Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.”– Albert Einstein


Dr. Roe is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology at Zhejiang University (ZIINT), which she established in 2014. She is known for her studies in visual and somatosensory processing in primate cerebral cortex. She obtained her B.A. degree in from Harvard University (1984) and her Ph.D. from MIT (1991). Her doctoral work on the 'rewired ferret' preparation is a well known paradigm for studying brain development and plasticity. In 1991, she joined the group of Torsten Wiesel at Rockefeller University. There, under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Ts'o, she used intrinsic signal optical imaging methods to examine the functional organization of primary and second visual cortical areas in the primate (1991-1993) and continued these studies at Baylor College of Medicine (1993-1995). In 1996, she pursued studies in the marmoset and flying fox as a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In 1996, she began her first faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. From 2003-2015, she was a Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. In addition to her position at ZIINT, she is currently Professor in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University. In recognition for her contributions in science, she was elected AAAS Fellow in 2016.