Lisa M. Saksida



  • Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Western University
The Brain and Mind Institute


  • Canada


PhD (Robotics and Neural Basis of Cognition), Carnegie Mellon University
MSc (Artificial Intelligence), University of Edinburgh
MA (Biopsychology), University of British Columbia
BSc (Psychology), University of Western Ontario


Lisa Saksida’s research focuses on memory and perception, using several converging methods of inquiry including localized pharmacological methods, transgenic and knock- out mice and computational modelling.

She also has a particular interest in the development of translational methods for cognitive assessment, and 20 years’ experience in the assessment and analysis of high-level cognition in animal models including mouse, rat and rhesus macaque. Since 2000, Saksida has worked on the development of a touchscreen-based cognitive assessment system specifically for mouse models. This system allows for a comprehensive cognitive phenotyping of mouse models, assessing multiple aspects of cognition using tasks that are highly translatable to human patients.


Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction, 1998
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Scholarship, 1994
NATO Advanced Study Institute Scholarship, 1993

Relevant Publications

Nithianantharajah, J., McKechanie, A.G., Stewart, T.J.,…Saksida, L.M. (2015). Bridging the translational divide: identical cognitive touchscreen testing in mice and humans carrying mutations in a disease-relevant homologous gene. Scientific Reports, 5(14613). DOI:
Nithianantharajah, J., Komiyama, N. H., McKechanie, A.,…Saksida, L., et al. (2013). Synaptic scaffold evolution generated components of vertebrate cognitive complexity. Nature Neuroscience, 16(1), 16–24. DOI:

Barense, M.D., Groen, I., Lee, A.C.,… Saksida, L., et al. (2012). Intact memory for irrelevant information impairs perception in amnesia. Neuron, 75(1), 157–67. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.05.014.
McTighe, S.M., Cowell, R.A., Winters, B.D., Bussey, T.J., Saksida, L.M. (2010). Paradoxical false memory for objects after brain damage. Science, 330(6009), 1408–1410. DOI: 10.1126/science.1194780
Cowell, R., Bussey, T., Saksida, L. (2010). Functional dissociations within the ventral object processing pathway: cognitive modules or a hierarchical continuum? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(11), 2460–2479. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21373.