Liberty Hamilton
Curriculum vitae

Contact Information

liberty [at] this domain DOT com

Current Position

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
Laboratory of Dr. Edward Chang

Research Interests

Auditory neuroscience and sensory processing. Perception and encoding of synthetic and complex sounds in the neocortex. The role of inhibition in sound perception and processing in auditory cortex. Speech and music perception.


University of California, Berkeley, (2008-2013).
PhD in Neuroscience, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.
Advanced to candidacy April 2010. PhD conferred December 2013

Scripps College, Claremont, California (2002-2006).
B.A. in Neuroscience, cum laude.
Additional concentrations in Spanish and Music.
Courses with laboratory: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Neurobiology, Mathematical Physiology, Cell Biology, Memory and Language.
Additional courses: Neuropharmacology, Comparative Endocrinology, Statistics.

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pontífica Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spring 2005).
Coursework in Argentinean music, literature, and documentary film.


Pirnia T, Woods RP, Hamilton LS, Lyden H, Joshi SH, Asarnow RF, Nuechterlein K, Narr KL (2014). Hippocampal dysfunction during declarative memory encoding in schizophrenia and effects of genetic liability. Schizophrenia Research (corrected proof available online) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2014.11.030.

Hamilton LS, Sohl-Dickstein J, Huth AG, Carels VM, Deisseroth K, Bao S (2013). Optogenetic Activation of an Inhibitory Network Enhances Feedforward Functional Connectivity in Auditory Cortex. Neuron 2013 Nov. 20; 80:4 1066-1076. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.08.017

Elliott TM, Hamilton LS, Theunissen FE (2013). Acoustic structure of the five perceptual dimensions of timbre in orchestral instrument tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 133:1 (389-404). doi:10.1121/1.4770244

Narr KL, Szeszko PR, Lencz T, Woods RP, Hamilton LS, Phillips O, Robinson D, Burdick KE, DeRosse P, Kucherlapati R, Thompson PM, Toga AW, Malhotra AK, Bilder RM. DTNBP1 is associated with imaging phenotypes in schizophrenia. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Nov;30(11):3783-94. doi:10.1002/hbm.20806. Free PMC article.

Hamilton LS, Altshuler LL, Townsend J, Bookheimer SY, Phillips OR, Fischer J, Woods RP, Mazziotta JC, Toga AW, Nuechterlein KH, Narr KL. Alterations in functional activation in euthymic bipolar disorder and schizophrenia during a working memory task. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Dec;30(12):3958-69. doi:10.1002/hbm.20820. Free PMC article.

Lüders E, Sanchez FJ, Gaser C, Toga AW, Narr KL, Hamilton LS, Vilain E. Regional gray matter variation in male-to-female transsexualism. Neuroimage. 2009 Jul 15;46(4):904-7. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.03.048. Free PMC article.

Narr KL, Hageman N, Woods RP, Hamilton LS, Clark K, Phillips O, Shattuck DW, ASarnow RF, Toga AW, Nuechterlein KH (2007). Mean diffusivity: A biomarker for CSF-related disease and genetic liability effects in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging. 2009 Jan 30;171(1):20-32. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2008.03.008. Free PMC article.

Phillips OR, Nuechterlein KH, Clark KA, Hamilton LS, Asarnow RF, Hageman NS, Toga AW, Narr KL. Fiber tractography reveals disruption of temporal lobe white matter tracts in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2009 Jan: 107(1):30-8. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2008.10.019. Free PMC article.

Lüders E, Narr KL, Hamilton LS, Phillips OR, Thompson PM, Valle JS, Del'Homme M, Strickland T, McCracken JT, Toga AW, Levitt JG. Decreased callosal thickness in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol psychiatry. 2009 Jan 1; 65(1):84-8. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2008.08.027 Free PMC article.

Hamilton LS, Levitt JG, O'Neill J, Alger JR, Lüders E, Phillips OR, Caplan R, Toga AW, McCracken J, Narr KL. Reduced white matter integrity in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuroreport. 2008 Nov 19;19(17):1705-8. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283174415. Free PMC article.

Coscia DM, Narr KL, Robinson DG, Hamilton LS, Sevy S, Burdick KE, Gunduz-Bruce H, McCormack J, Bilder RM, Szeszko PR. Volumetric and shape analysis of the thalamus in first-episode schizophrenia. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Apr;30(4):1236-45.

Lüders E, Narr KL, Bilder RM, Szeszko PR, Gurbani MN, Hamilton L, Toga AW, Gaser C (2007). Mapping the Relationship between Cortical Convolution and Intelligence: Effects of Gender. Cereb Cortex. 2007 Dec 17

Ballmaier M, Narr KL, Toga AW, Elderkin-Thompson V, Thompson PM, Hamilton L, Haroon E, Pham D, Heinz A, Kumar A (2007). Hippocampal Morphology and Distinguishing Late-Onset From Early-Onset Elderly Depression. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Nov. 6. doi:10.1176:appi.ajp.2007.07030506. Free PMC article.

Hamilton LS, Narr KL, Lüders E, Szeszko PR, Thompson PM, Bilder RM, Toga AW (2007). Asymmetries of cortical thickness: effects of handedness, sex, and schizophrenia. Neuroreport. 18(14):1427-1431. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282e9a5a2. Free PMC article.

Lüders E, Narr KL, Bilder RM, Thompson PM, Szeszko PR, Hamilton L, Toga AW (2007). Positive correlations between corpus callosum thickness and intelligence. Neuroimage. Jul 12. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.06.028. Free PMC article.


Hamilton LS, Chang EF. Functional organization of speech perception in the human superior temporal gyrus. 5th International Conference on Auditory Cortex, Magdeburg, Germany. September 2014.

Hamilton LS, Sohl-Dickstein J, Huth AG, Bao S. Optogenetic stimulation of an inhibitory networks enhances feedforward connectivity in auditory cortex. Society for Neuroscience 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Selected for SfN Student Travel Award).

Elliott T, Hamilton L, Theunissen F. Spectrotemporal Modulations Underlying Speech and Timbre Perception. Spectrotemporal Modulations Underlying Speech and Timbre Perception. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 2009. Conference Abstract: Computational and systems neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/conf.neuro.06.2009.03.234

Hamilton LS, Davis M, Oldfield C, Bao S. Representation of conspecific vocalizations in mouse auditory cortex. Society for Neuroscience 2011, Washington, D.C.

Hamilton LS, Yang S, and Bao S. The role of perisomatic inhibition in cortical processing of natural sounds. FENS-IBRO SfN-sponsored school: Causal Neuroscience - Manipulating Neural Circuits. Bertinoro, Italy, June 2011.

Hamilton L, Elliott T, Theunissen F. The dimensionality of musical timbre. Conference Abstract: Gordon Research Conference: Sensory Coding and the Natural Environment, Lewiston, Maine, 2010.

Hamilton L, Bao S. Top-Down Influences on Intensity Coding in Primary Auditory Cortex. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 2010. Conference Abstract: Computational and systems neuroscience. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 2010. Conference Abstract: Computational and systems neuroscience. doi:10.3389/conf.fnins.2010.03.00129

Work Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, California (February 2014 - present). PI: Dr. Edward Chang.

Design Editor, Berkeley Science Review. (January 2013-December 2013).
  • Create layouts including photos and infographics for student-run magazine using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Create accompanying web graphics using JavaScript d3.js.

Staff Research Associate, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA (LONI), Los Angeles, California (July 2006-August 2009)
  • Preprocessing and analysis of structural MRI, functional MRI, and DTI data.
  • Delineation of neuroanatomical structures, registration of brain images, and maintenance of computer file records.
  • Creation of shell scripts in support of LONI activities, e.g. brain registration, statistical analyses.
  • Preparation of figures for scientific papers and presentations.
  • Training collaborators on LONI software and interacting with other laboratory assistants on common projects.
  • fMRI and DTI analysis in FSL, SPM5, MNI tools, and using in-house software (Automated Image Registration, etc.)
  • MRI scanning in Allegra 3.0T and Sonata 1.5T Siemens scanners.
  • Created website detailing protocols used in our lab (see http://www.loni.ucla.edu/~narr/protocols.php).
Music Library Assistant, Scripps College, Claremont, California (Spring 2006)
  • Cataloguing and database management
  • Stage manager and usher for student recitals
Peer Mentor, Scripps College, Claremont, California (2003-2004 school year, Spring 2006)
  • Selected by Scripps College to mentor first year students and transfer students coming to the college.
Spanish teacher, Chaparral Elementary School, Claremont, California (Spring 2004)
  • Taught fifth graders Spanish in an immersive environment (Spanish only) through games as well as spoken and written exercises.
Student Assistant, UNAVCO, Inc., Boulder, Colorado (April 2001-June 2006)
  • Perl script development in support of GPS Archive activities--scripts to inject GPS data into the UNAVCO database, scripts to generate web pages based on PI-submitted GPS data, various scripts for extracting information from data files and GPS logs.
  • JavaScript development of SiteViewer application--web-based mapping tool showing geographical location along with measured data for UNAVCO GPS campaigns across the globe.
  • Data entry of GPS logsheets.
  • Web site design and maintenance for web sites produced to present GPS data and information about campaigns with related photos and publications.

and Awards

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (Postdoctoral NRSA) (1F32DC014192-01) - "The spatiotemporal dynamics of cortical speech representation". July 2014-present.
Cosyne (Computational and Systems Neuroscience) Travel Award - February 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student travel award - October 2012, New Orleans.
UC Berkeley Graduate Division travel award - SfN Sponsored School: Causal Neuroscience - Manipulating Neural Circuits, June 2011.
Gatsby Travel Award, Gordon Conference - Sensory Coding and the Natural Environment, July 2010
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2012
James E. Scripps Scholarship (August 2002-May 2006)
Scripps College National Merit Scholarship (August 2002-May 2006)
Scripps College Dean's List (Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006)


Programming languages: MATLAB, Perl, python, csh/bash, PHP, JavaScript
Markup: HTML, LaTeX
Databases: mySQL, Oracle
Experienced user of Mac OS X, Linux/Unix, Windows XP
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
SPSS statistical software, R statistical software
MRI analysis/software: FSL fMRI analysis, SPM5 fMRI/DTI analysis
MRI safety-certified: have experience operating Siemens Sonata 1.5T and Allegra 3.0T scanners.
Languages: Fluent spoken/written English and Spanish; fair Italian and French. 1 year of Swedish.


Beta tester for Sonic Eye human ultrasonic echolocation device - see Figure 1b in Sohl-Dickstein et. al, "A device for human ultrasonic echolocation", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2014.


Side Projects