Research Interests: Neuroscience of Touch Perception;  Multi-modal Somatosensory Processing; Neural Plasticity in the Blind; Tactile Hallucinations; Embodied Cognition; Design Pedagogy & Behavioural Change



In our everyday life, we rely on the brain’s somatosensory system to perceive different tactile events on the surface of our skin like shapes, textures, hardness, softness, curvatures, vibrations, temperature etc. I am interested in understanding the organization of the human tactile system and how it underlies our rich haptic experience. Specifically, I am interested in how higher-level processes like language, emotion, and body image interact with the low-level representations of external tactile stimuli. Also, no sensory system operates in isolation; our brain constantly uses signals from various sensory modalities to make sense of the world around us. I am keen to understand how the tactile system interacts with the visual, auditory, and proprioceptive senses.


  • Post Doctoral Fellowship: Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre), Boston, USA
  • PhD: Neuroscience, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India
  • MSc: University of Madras
  • BSc: Loyola College


Professional and Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Teaching Professor – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar (Dec 2019 to Present)
  • Visiting Faculty – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar (Dec 2016 – Dec 2019)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Harvard Medical School (BIDMC) (Jan 2014 – July 2015)
  • Research Associate – National Brain Research Centre, India (Aug 2013 – Jan 2014)


Selected Publications:

  • Lazar L, Chand P, Rajan R, Mohammed H, Jain N, Somatosensory cortex of macaque monkeys is designed for opposable thumb, Cerebral Cortex, 28 February 2022
  • Lazar. L. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Design Creativity. Journal of Experimental Neuroscience, Volume: 12 October 31, 2018.
  • Kambi N, Tandon S, Mohammed H, Lazar L, Jain N. Reorganization of the primary motor cortex of the adult macaque monkeys after sensory loss resulting from partial spinal cord injuries. J Neurosci. 2011 Mar 9; 31 (10):3696-3707
  • Tandon S, Kambi N, Lazar L, Mohammed H, Jain N. Large-scale expansion of the face representation in somatosensory areas of the lateral sulcus after spinal cord injuries in monkeys. J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 23; 29(38):12009-19


Courses Taught: 

  • CG 506 – Experimental Techniques in Cognitive Science
  • CG 605 – Learning and Memory


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