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Thomas Thesen, Ph.D.


Thomas Thesen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of neuroscience in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. He co-directs the nervous system and cardiac and respiratory courses and teaches in the areas of neuroscience and neurology.

Thesen’s research interests include cognitive neuroscience and neurological disorders, especially epilepsy. He also conducts research in medical and STEM education. He is a co-PI and director of STEM RISE, an NSF-funded outreach and STEM pipeline program for students from underrepresented groups in medicine.

Previously, Thesen served as a faculty member in the neurology and radiology departments at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine for 10 years and was the founding director of NYU ECoG, a center for the study of cognition in patients with brain implants. He continues as an adjunct associate professor at NYU.

He has served on several grant review panels, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Israeli Science Foundation and the Helmholtz Association. Thesen has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and his research has been cited over 5,500 times.

Thesen earned his doctorate from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. He received postdoctoral training at the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory at the University of California at San Diego.