Heather Read


Research Interests:

  • Sensory Neuroscience
  • Sound Perception
  • Sensory Neural Circuit Anatomy and Function

Undergraduate courses

  • Psyc 3501 (Sensation and Perception)
  • Psyc 3253 (Sensory Neuroscience Lab)

Graduate courses:

  • TBA

Representative Publications:

  • Escabi, M.A., Read, H. L., Viventi, J., Kim, D.H., Higgins, N.C., Storace, D.A., Liu, A.S.K., Gifford, A.M., Burke, J.F., Campisi, M., Kim, Y., Avrin, A.E., Huang, Y., Li, M., Wu, J., Rogers,J.A., Litt, B., & Cohen, Y.A. (2014). A high-density, high-channel count, multiplexed uECoG array for auditory-cortex recordings. Journal of Neuropysiology, 112(6), 1566-1583.
  • Storace, D.A., Higgins, N.C., Chikar, J.A., Oliver, D.,L., & Read, H. L. (2012). Gene expression identifies distinct ascending glutamatergic pathways to frequency-organized auditory cortex in the rat brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(45), 15759-15768.
  • Chen, C., Read, H.L., & Escabi, M.A. (2012). Precise feature based time scales and frequency decorrelation lead to a sparse auditory code. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(25), 8454-8468.
  • Higgins, N.C., Storace, D.A., Escabi, M.A., & Read, H.L. (2010). Specialization of binaural responses in ventral auditory cortices. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(43), 14522-14532.
  • Rodriguez, F.A., Chen, C., Read, H.L., & Escabi, M.A. (2010). Neural modulation tuning characteristics scale to efficiently encode natural sound statistics. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(47), 15969-15980.
  • Storace, D.A., Higgins, N.C., & Read, H.L. (2010). Thalamocortical pathway specialization for sound frequency resolution. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 519 (2), 177-193.


  • Marine Biological Laboratories Undergraduate Fellow, Neural Systems and Behavior
  • Graduate Merit Fellowship Award
  • Schmitt Dissertation Award
  • Kavli Frontiers Fellow, National Acadamy of Science
Heather Read
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 114