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Curriculum Vitae




Academic training                 

·               1999/2002                   University of P. et M. Curie, Paris (VI) Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (February, 2002, summa cum laude)

·               1995/1996                   University of P. et M. Curie, Paris (VI) Ms. in Cognitive Science, with Honors.

·               1993-96                       Institut National des Télécommunications, a major engineering school (Grandes Ecoles)
Engineering diploma in Telecommunication Networks and Computing Sciences.

·               1993-95/99-00            University of Sorbonne, Paris IV. Bc. in Philosophy, with Honors.

·               1990-93                       Lycée Kléber Extensive training (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), for the competitive entrance exams to the “ Grandes Ecoles d’ingénieur ”

·               1990                            Lycée Saint Etienne Baccalauréat (Maths, Physics), with Honors

Research experience

·               2008/2009                   Laboratory For Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior, Waisman Center and Center for Sleep and Consciousness University of Wisconsin-Madison, (USA).

·               2002/2008                   Laboratory For Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior. Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, (USA).

·               1999/2002                   Laboratoire d’imagerie cérébrale et de neurosciences cognitives Paris (CNRS,UPR 640)

·               1996/1998                   University of California, Berkeley (USA)

·               1995/1996                   Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle (ESPCI), Paris (FRANCE)

Honors and Awards

·               1998                            Fetzer Foundation Scholarship (obtained in collaboration with F. Varela).

·               1998-2001                   French National Scientific Research Center Scholarship

·               2002                            Bourse Lavoisier (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères) (declined)

·               2002                            Fyssen Foundation, Paris, Fellowship Award

·               2004-2007                   U01 grant award (NIH/NCCAM), Principal Investigator.

·               2008-2013                   P01 grant award (NIH/NCCAM), Principal Investigator.


To be submitted (fall 2009)

·         Rosenkranz, MacCoon D.G., Davidson R.J., Lutz, A. Mind-body influences in the interaction between stress and neurogenic inflammation: A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control.

·         Lutz, A. Shackman, A., Harkness, S., Davidson R.J. Meditation expertise does not affect EEG frontal asymmetry

Submitted publications:|

·         MacCoon D.G., Rosenkranz, M.A., Davidson R.J., Imel Z.E., Sheftel J.G., Sullivan J.C., Bonus K.A., Stoney C.M., Johnson L.L., Lutz A. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) vs. Bona Fide Active Control: Do Not Differ on Self-report Outcomes.

Accepted publication:

·         Lutz A, Slagter HA, Rawling, BN., Francis, DA., Greischar LL, Davidson RJ, Mental training enhances stability of attention by reducing cortical noise (J. of Neuroscience)

Published manuscripts:

·         Lutz A., Greischar L.L., Davidson, R.J. (2009) Relation between heart rate and BOLD signal during compassion meditation in experts and novices Neuroimage

·         Slagter HA, Lutz A, Greischar LL, Nieuwenhuis S, Davidson RJ. (2008) Theta Phase Synchrony and Conscious Target Perception: Impact of Intensive Mental Training. J Cogn Neurosci.

·         Lutz A., Slagter H.A. , Dunne J.D., Davidson, R.J. (2008) Meditation and the regulation of attention and emotion. Trends Cogn Sci. 12(4):163-9

·         Lutz A., Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Johnston T., Davidson RJ. (2008) Voluntary regulation of the neural circuitry of emotion by compassion meditation: effects of expertise. PLoS ONE. 26;3(3).

·         Davidson, R. J., & Lutz, A. (2008). Buddha’s Brain:  Neuroplasticity and Meditation. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

·         Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D, Damasio AR, Davidson RJ, Lutz A & Tranel D (2008) Interoceptive awareness in experienced meditators. Psychophysiology. 45(4):671-7

·         Lutz, A. Neurophenomenology and the study of self-consciousness. Conscious Cogn. 2007 Sep;16(3):765-7.

·         Brefczynski-Lewis, J. A., Lutz, A., Schaefer, H. S., Levinson, D. B., & Davidson, R. J. (2007). Neural correlates of attentional expertise in long-term meditation practitioners. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(27):11483-8.

·         Slagter, H. A., Lutz, A., Greischar, L. L., Francis, A. D., Nieuwenhuis, S., Davis, J. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2007). Mental Training Affects Distribution of Limited Brain Resources. PLoS Biol, 5(6), e138.

·         Lutz, A., Greischar, L., Rawlings, N.B., Ricard, M., Davidson, R.J. (2004).z Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 16369-16373.

·         Tzelepi A., Lutz A., Kapoula Z, (2004) EEG activity related to preparation and suppression of eye movements in three-dimensional space. Exp Brain Res. 2004 Jan 17

·         Lachaux J-P., Chavez M., Lutz A.  (2003) A simple measure of correlation across time, frequency and space between continuous brain signals. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 123 (2), 175-188.     

·         Rudrauf D., Lutz A., Cosmelli D., Lachaux J-P, Le Van Quyen M.. (2003) From autopoiesis to neurophenomenology: Francisco Varela's exploration of the biophysics of being. Biological Research, 36 (1), 27-65

·         Lutz, A., Thompson E. (2003) Neurophenomenology: Integrating Subjective Experience and Brain Dynamics in the Neuroscience of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10, No. 9-10, 2003,pp.31-52.

·         Lutz A, Lachaux JP, Martinerie J, Varela FJ. (2002): Guiding the study of brain dynamics by using first-person data: synchrony patterns correlate with ongoing conscious states during a simple visual task. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 5: 99(3):1586-91.

·         Lachaux JP, Lutz A, Rudrauf D, Cosmelli D, Le Van Quyen M, Martinerie J, Varela F. (2002) Estimating the time-course of coherence between single-trial brain signals: an introduction to wavelet coherence. Neurophysiol Clin., 32(3):157-74.

·         Lutz, A. (2002) Toward a neurophenomenology as an account of generative passages: A first empirical case study, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1(2): 83:234.
Le Van Quyen M, Foucher J, Lachaux J, Rodriguez E, Lutz A, Martinerie J, Varela FJ. (2001) : Comparison of Hilbert transform and wavelet methods for the analysis of neuronal synchrony. J Neurosci Methods, 30; 111(2):83-98.

·         Lachaux J-P, Rodriguez E, Le Van Quyen M, Lutz A, Martinerie J, Varela F (2000). Studying single-trials of phase-synchronous activity in the brain. International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 10(10): 2429-2439.

·         Getz WM, Lutz A (1999): A neural network model of general olfactory coding in the insect antennal lobe. Chem Senses., 24(4):351-72.

Clinical Intervention

·         MacCoon, D. G., Sullivan, J. C., Davidson, R. J., Stoney, C. M., Johnson, L. L., Christmas, P. D., Lutz, A. Health-enhancement program (HEP) guidelines.

Book Chapter

·         Lutz A. Meditation, Neurocognitive approaches in Oxford Companion to Consciousness (2009)

·         Lutz, A., Dunne, J., & Davidson, J. R. (2006). Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: an Introduction. In M. M. a. T. E. Zelazo P. (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness: Cambridge University Press.

·         Thompson E., Lutz, A. and Cosmelli, D., Neurophenomenology: An Introduction for Neurophilosophers in Cognition and the Brain : The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement (Eds. Brook A., Akins K.), Cambridge University Press (July 31, 2005)

Congress (recent)

·         Lutz A., Greischar L.L., Davidson, R.J. Relation between heart rate and BOLD signal during compassion meditation in experts and novices, International Symposium "Foundations of Human Social Behavior" Zurich, 2008

·         Lutz A., Slagter H.A.,. Moran Z.D., Rawlings N.R., Davidson R.J. Intense meditation training enhances the effects of selective attention on electrical evoked potentials, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2007.

Invited speaker (selected and recent)

·         Lutz, A. (2008) Neurophenomenological Approach to Cognitive Neuroscience: potential relevance for the study of schizophrenia, 17th Hakone Psychopharmacological Symposium, Japan.

·         Lutz, A. (2008) Neuroimaging study of meditation expertise, Mind and Life, Summer Institute, Garrison, New-York.

·         Lutz, A. (2007) Exploring the potential influences of meditation on mind, brain processes, and health, Rockefeller University, New-York.

·         Lutz, A. (2007) Exploring the long-term effect of compassion meditation on brain functions, University of Zurich, Zurich.

Teaching experiences:

·         Invited speaker in the Cognitive Science Master Program of Paris VI, (2001)

·         Organized tutorials at the conference “Toward a Science of Consciousness”, Tucson, Arizona (2003) on neurophenomenology and at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institutes (2006, 2007) on the neuroscience of meditation.

·         Supervised 3 senior thesis (B.Sc.) and various undergraduate research projects  (I supervised about 20 undergraduate students across 6 years of research at the Brain Imaging Laboratory).

·         Invited speaker in a class on affective neuroscience at the psychology department of UW Madison.