Lee Miller

Lee Miller

Position Title

  • Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  • Center for Mind and Brain
Room 172
Center for Mind and Brain, 267 Cousteau Place, Davis CA 95618


Lee Miller is a bioengineer and neuroscientist who studies how we communicate with speech—especially in real environments—with the goal of ameliorating hearing loss and other impairments. After a postgraduate fellowship in quantum physics at Philipps-Universität (Marburg, Germany), he pursued his doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of California, (San Francisco and Berkeley) and a postdoc in cognitive neuroimaging at UC Berkeley. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 2004 in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and the Center for Mind and Brain.

Research Focus

Dr. Miller directs the Speech Neuroengineering and Cybernetics Lab at UC Davis. His research uses techniques such as EEG, functional MRI, and machine learning to translate fundamental scientific results into real-world solutions for people with hearing loss, speech disorders, and motor impairments. He has been principal investigator on grants from federal agencies (NIH, DOD), private donors, and major industry partners (Google, Facebook/Oculus, Starkey Hearing Technologies). In recent years he has developed a patented brain-based hearing loss diagnostic, as well as a wearable “attentional prosthesis” and mobile app that will help listeners understand speech in noisy environments.