Thomas Thesen, Ph.D.


Dr. Thesen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and a member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University School of Medicine. He is the former founding director of NYU ECoG, a center for the study of cognition in patients with brain implants.

Dr. Thesen received postdoctoral training at the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory at the University of California at San Diego after completing his doctoral degree in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and the Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) at Oxford University.

Dr. Thesen directs the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at UH College of Medicine. The group has a special emphasis on cognitive and translational research: moving state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques from the laboratory into the clinical practice, and at the same time using the clinical environment to generate novel hypotheses about brain function that can be tested in the laboratory. The group is also heavily involved in the investigation of basic neuroscience questions dealing with epilepsy and sensory and cognitive processing, especially in patients implanted with intracranial electrodes. In order to gain a better understanding of how the brain accomplishes these tasks, the laboratory takes a multimodal approach by using a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, such as functional MRI, structural MRI, MEGelectrocorticography (ECoG) and psychophysics. 

Dr. Thesen teaches medical students and is the director of the Nervous System course at UHCOM. He also contributes to medical education research. He is a Co-director of STEM RISE, an outreach and STEM pipeline program.

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