Martin M. Monti, Ph.D.
(Scientific Advisory Board)
Dr. Martin M. Monti is currently an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurosurgery at UCLA. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, in 2011, he received his doctorate in Psychology and Neurosciences at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA), and spent three years as a Career Development Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. His research is mainly centered on the neural basis of consciousness. In particular, Dr. Monti’s research focuses on the mechanisms that accompany loss and recovery of consciousness in patients who, after severe brain injury, enter a Coma, Vegetative State, or Minimally Conscious State. Dr. Monti’s research has been featured in a number of prestigious international journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, Annals of Neurology, and Brain, among others, and has often been featured in popular media outlets, including both television (e.g., CNN, BBC, CBS) and print (e.g., Time Magazine, LA Times, Technology Report, Huffington Post).
Dr. Monti was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS; April 2013). His work on the mechanisms of loss of consciousness in anesthesia was recognized, in 2014, with the UCLA Life Science Faculty Award for Outstanding Research Publication; and, in 2011, his work on patients with disorders of consciousness was recognized by the Discover Magazine as top story #41 of the year 2010. Finally, in 2014, Dr. Monti was invited, as an external expert, to perform a specialized neuroimaging assessment of the former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon who was, as the time, suffering from a disorder of consciousness.