Lifu Deng

Graduate Student (Duke)


I am a graduate student in the Duke Psychology and Neuroscience 2017 cohort. I graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering. Currently I am working with Drs. Roberto Cabeza, Simon Davis, and Greg Appelbaum. I am interested in age-related changes in functional brain networks mediating memory encoding and retrieval, and how brain network topology may affect the cognitive-enhancing effect of non-invasive brain stimulation.


Deng, L., Cheng, Y., Cao, X. et al. The effect of cognitive training on the brain’s local connectivity organization in healthy older adults. Sci Rep 9, 9033 (2019).

Deng, L., Sun, J., Cheng, L. et al. Characterizing dynamic local functional connectivity in the human brain. Sci Rep 6, 26976 (2016).

Deng L, Stanley ML, Monge ZA, Wing EA, Geib BR, Davis SW, Cabeza R. Age-Related Compensatory Reconfiguration of PFC Connections during Episodic Memory Retrieval. Cereb Cortex. 2021 Jan 5;31(2):717-730. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa192. PMID: 32710101; PMCID: PMC7906775.