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Fumiko Hoeft M.D., Ph.D.

Fumiko Hoeft is Professor of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences at UCSF and directs the Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience ( She also directs the new 7-university initiative, Precision Learning Center (, is Deputy Director of UCSF Dyslexia Center and Research Scientist and Senior Advisor at Haskins Laboratories.  Her lab and center performs cutting-edge neuroscience research on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying brain maturational processes, as well as acquisition of skills such as literacy in typical and atypical populations (e.g. dyslexia). Her research uses neuroimaging tools at various time-scales and levels (e.g. TMS/tDCS, fNIRS, fMRI, aMRI, DWI and MEG/EEG), analytical approaches (e.g. machine learning, graph theory), and designs (e.g. intergenerational neuroimaging, imaging genetics, human natural cross-fostering design). She is interested in identifying how biology (genes) and environment influence neurodevelopment.learning focused on early childhood. Her team also specializes in R&D of tech-based tools on school readiness and socio-emotional competencies using the principles of cognitive science research, that can immediately be deployed in educational practice. She is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist trained at Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. She has received numerous federal and private foundation grants, published over 120 articles, and delivered over 150 talks including remarks at the White House. Hoeft currently serves on over a dozen boards and committees. Honors include the 2014 Norman Geschwind Memorial Lectureship from the International Dyslexia Association, 2015 Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award from Learning & the Brain Foundation, and 2017 Multicampus Research Program Award from the University of CA Office of the President. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, and Scientific American.

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