Annabelle Singer, PhD

Dr. Singer aims to understand how neural activity produces memories and controls brain immune function. Dr. Singer’s research has shown how coordinated electrical activity across many neurons in the hippocampus represents memories of experiences and fails in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Singer has found that driving particular patterns of neural activity, like gamma, reduces Alzheimer’s pathology and alter brain immune function. Using non-invasive sensory stimulation to control neural activity, she is translating her discoveries from rodents to humans to develop radically new ways to treat disease. Dr. Singer completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Ed Boyden’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group at MIT and she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSF, performing research in the laboratory of Loren Frank. She is a Packard Fellow, Kavli Fellow, and recipient of the Society for Neuroscience’s Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award and American Neurological Association’s Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award.