Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory


Emily Mankin, Ph.D

Emily Mankin, PhD, is a project scientist whose interests lie in understanding the neural mechanisms of memory formation and consolidation, as well as developing methods for enhancing these processes. Specifically, she uses both non-invasive (auditory cues) and invasive (deep brain stimulation) methods to encourage encoding, consolidation, and retrieval during memory tasks and sleep. She is interested in both the basic science implications of these manipulations (what do they tell us about how the brain “does” memory?) and their potential for therapeutic use for the growing number of people who are impacted by memory disorders. Before joining the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab as a postdoc, she worked as a teacher and a mathematician, and completed her PhD in Computational Neuroscience at UCSD under the mentorship of Drs. Stefan and Jill Leutgeb. Her PhD thesis explored the nature of the hippocampal code for time. When she’s not in the lab, Dr. Mankin spends her time soaking up early childhood memories with her two young daughters. She is delighted that they are getting old enough to join her in her love of reading and all things arts and crafts.