Ella Striem-Amit


Ella Streim-Amit, PhD - Assistant Professor

PhD, 2014
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
New Research Building,
Fax: 202.687.0617
E-mail: striemamit@fas.harvard.edu

Joining the Department of Neuroscience in September 2019

Dr. Striem-Amit’s upcoming lab, the SAMP Lab (Sensory and motor plasticity), will explore the extent to which brain organization depends on one’s own sensory or motor experience. We will do this by studying models of early-onset sensory and motor deprivation using behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques.

The lab will examine the neural processing of action in several groups who experience early sensory and motor deprivation, including the main study group: people born without hands.

How do these people, who use other body parts such as their feet to perform everyday actions, represent and generate actions usually performed with the hands? For example, what parts of the motor system represent the actions that are typically performed with a hand but are now performed with a foot? How does the brain’s wiring enable such plasticity? And what regions cannot reorganize for another effector but are truly specific for the hands as a topographical body part?

Understanding the plasticity and organization of the motor system has the potential to inform rehabilitation following hand function loss due to stroke or amputation and advance the development of functional motor prostheses.

Other research lines explore brain plasticity in other models of sensory deprivation, such as people born blind or deaf. We will study the commonalities and differences between sensory and motor deprivation. Furthermore, we will characterize the neural differences between deprivation of a whole sensory channel (being born completely blind or deaf) as compared to part of it (e.g. missing only the hands).

Overall, studying brain development, plasticity and organization across models, the lab will aim to gain insight of the general principles of how our brains develop and adapt.

Interested in joining the lab? Email me!

Post-doc position available!!

The upcoming SAMP Lab (Sensory and motor plasticity, Ella Striem-Amit’s lab) at Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA) is looking for a passionate and dedicated Postdoctoral researcher to work on a project on plasticity in action execution.

The SAMP lab will explore the balance between innate brain organization and experience-dependent plasticity by studying models of sensory and motor deprivation using behavioral and fMRI state of the art analytical techniques. Specifically, in this project we will explore neural action representations which are independent from the body part used to execute them, studying people born without hands. For detail of the research line see https://scholar.harvard.edu/striemamit/projects/dysmelia.

Excellent understanding of and experience with fMRI and data analysis is required. Strong programming skills (Matlab/R/python, etc.) are also a requirement. Experience with behavioral methods used in motor control and mapping is desirable but not a requirement. The position is not limited to US citizens.

The start date is September 2019. This position is available for two years, and can be extended further based on performance.

To apply, please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests and a copy of your recent, representative publication by email to Dr. Ella Striem-Amit (striemamit@fas.harvard.edu) with the subject line: “post-doc application”.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.