Mimi Kao, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology



AB, Human Biology & East Asian Studies, Stanford University
AM, Regional Studies, East Asia, Harvard University
PhD, Neuroscience, University of California - San Francisco
Postdoctoral Training, University of California - San Francisco


Campus: Medford
Office: 200 Boston Avenue, Suite 2101
Laboratory: 200 Boston Avenue

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-627-0395
Lab Phone: 617-627-0894
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website Lab Research Page
Recent Publications Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

The primary goal of our laboratory is to understand the neural mechanisms by which experience shapes behavior. In particular, we are interested in how the brain controls movement and how experience guides the performance and modification of learned motor skills. To approach these questions, we combine behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational approaches to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying vocal learning in songbirds.


Lab Members

Sanne Moorman, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail
Gina Mantica, PhD Student in Biology Send an e-mail
Andrew Rouse, PhD Student in Cognitive Psychology Send an e-mail

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development