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Anna Wang Roe Ph.D.

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    • Professor Oregon National Primate Research Center
    • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience School of Medicine

Anna Wang Roe is a professor in the Division of Neuroscience at the ONPRC. She is also a Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. She is known for her studies in visual and somatosensory processing in primate cerebral cortex and for neurotechnology development. She obtained her B.A. degree in from Harvard University (1984) and her Ph.D. from MIT (1991) under Dr. Mriganka Sur. Her doctoral work on the 'rewired ferret' preparation is a well known paradigm for studying brain development and plasticity. As a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Torsten Wiesel and Daniel Ts'o at Rockefeller University, she examined the functional organization of primary and second visual cortical areas using intrinsic signal optical imaging methods. Following postdoctoral tenures at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in 1996, she joined the faculty at the Department of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. From 2003-2015, she was a professor of Psychology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She is an awardee of the Sloan, Whitehall, and Packard Foundation Fellowships and was elected as a AAAS member in 2016. She holds multiple editorships, serves on NIH study section, and is a member of international review boards.

Areas of interest

  • Organization and Function of Cerebral Cortex
  • Sensory systems: Vision, Touch, Attention
  • Neuroimaging and Neurotechnology
  • Brain Development


  • B.A., Harvard University 1984
  • Ph.D., MIT 1991
  • Fellowship:

    • Whitaker Health Sciences Fellowship
    • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
    • Whitehall Foundation Fellowship
    • Sloan Foundation Fellowship
    • Packard Foundation Fellowship

Honors and awards

  • Sloan Fellow
  • Packard Fellow
  • 1000 Faculty Award (China)
  • AAAS Fellow
  • 2017 Plenary Lecture: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Honolulu HI

Memberships and associations

  • NIH Study Section SMI member (2011-2017)
  • NIH Study Section IFCN member (2000-2005)
  • NIH/NIMH and NICHHD scientific counselors review committee (ad hoc)
  • Associate editor, Neurophotonics (2013 - )
  • Associate editor, Neuroimage (2013 - )
  • Advisory editorial board, Trends in Neuroscience (2017 - )
  • Associate editor, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience (2010 - )
  • Associate editor, Neuroscience Letters (2003-2014)


  • Chernov M, Friedman RM, Chen G, Roe AW (2018) Functionally specific optogenetic modulation in primate visual cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci. In press.

  • Chen G, Lu HD, Tanigawa H, Roe AW (2017) Solving visual correspondence between the two eyes via domain-based population encoding in nonhuman primates. Proc Natl Acad Sci, 114(49):13024-13029.

  • Roe AW, Winberry J, Friedman RM (2017) Study of single and multidigit activation in monkey SI using voltage sensitive dye imaging. Neurophotonics, 4(3):031219.

  • Lu HD, Chen G, Cai J, Roe AW (2017) Intrinsic signal optical imaging of visual brain activity: tracking of fast cortical dynamics. Neuroimage, 148:160-168.

  • Tanigawa H, Chen G, Roe AW (2016) Cortical organization of attentional modulation in macaque area V4. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 10:1-13.

  • Chernov M, Roe AW (2014) Infrared neural stimulation: a new stimulation tool for CNS applications. Neurophotonics, 1(1):011011.

  • Wang Z, Negyessy L, Chen LM, Friedman RM, John Gore, Roe AW (2013) The relationship of anatomical and functional connectivity to resting state connectivity in primate somatosensory cortex. Neuron, 78(6):1116-26.

  • Chen GC, Wang F, Gore, JC, Roe AW (2013) Layer-specific BOLD activation in awake monkey V1 revealed by ultra-high spatial resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging. Neuroimage, 64:147-155.

  • Ruiz O*, Lustig B*, Nassi JJ*, Reynolds J, Callaway E, Albright T, Stoner G, Roe AW (2013) Optogenetics through windows on the brain in the nonhuman primate. J Neurophysiol, 110:1455-1467.

  • Roe AW, Chelazzi L, Connor CE, Conway BR, Fujita I, Gallant J, Lu H, Vanduffel W (2012) Towards a unified theory of visual area V4. Neuron, 74(2):12-29.

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