Read Montague

Read Montague, PhD

Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Director, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Professor, Department of Physics, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Research Program Summary

Dr. Read Montague’s work centers broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal of understanding the detailed underlying neurobiology of these functions in health and disease. Montague’s work particularly focuses on computational neuroscience – the connection between physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody. His laboratory uses theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to these issues. In particular, the group now employs novel approaches to functional neuroimaging, new biomarkers for mental disease, spectroscopy, real-time voltammetry, and computational simulations. Montague also directs the Roanoke Brain Study, a project aimed at understanding decision-making through the lifespan and its relationship to brain development, function, and disease. Work in the laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The Kane Family Foundation, Autism Speaks, The MacArthur Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.

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Education and Training

  • The Salk Institute: Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Rockefeller University: Postdoctoral fellowship
  • University of Alabama Birmingham: Ph.D., Biophysics

Previous Positions

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Brown Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
    Director, Human Neuroimaging Lab
    Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit

Awards and Honors

  • William R. and Irene D. Miller Lectureship, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2011–2012
  • Network Member, The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, 2011, 2012
  • Walter Gilbert Award, Auburn University, 2011
  • Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship, 2011
  • Kavli Fellow, U.S.-China Frontiers of Science, National Academy of Science, 2010
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study 2005–2006
  • Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award, 1997, 2005

Selected Publications

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