08/2007 – 08/2012
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

09/2003 – 07/2007
B.Sc., Zhejiang University
06/2015 –  now
Assistant Professor, College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Sciences, Zhejiang University
10/2012 –05/2015
Postdoc Associate, Dept. of Psychology, New York University


Selected Journal Publications
Ding, N., Melloni, L., Zhang, H., Tian, X. & Poeppel D. (2016), Cortical tracking of hierarchical linguistic structures in connected speech, Nature Neuroscience 19, 158-164


Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2012), The Emergence of Neural Encoding of Auditory Objects While Listening to Competing Speakers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 109(29), 11854-11859.

Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2013), Adaptive Temporal Encoding Leads to a Background Insensitive Cortical Representation of Speech, Journal of Neuroscience 33(13), 5728-5735.
Zion-Golumbic, E., Ding, N., Bickel, S., Lakatos, P., Schevon, C. A., McKhann, G. M., Goodman, R. R., Emerson, R., Mehta, A. D., Simon, J. Z., Poeppel, D., and Schroeder, C. E. (2013), Mechanisms Underlying Selective Neuronal Tracking of Attended Speech at a 'Cocktail Party', Neuron 77(5), 980-991.
Ding, N., Chatterjee, M., and Simon, J.Z. (2014), Robust Cortical Entrainment to the Speech Envelope Relies on the Spectro-temporal Fine Structure, NeuroImage 88, 41-46
Other Journal Publications
Zhang, J., Xie, L., Li, Y., Chatterjee, M., and Ding, N. (2014), How Noise and Language Proficiency Influences Speech Recognition in Individual Non-native Listeners. PLoS One9(11), doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0113386
Kong, Y.Y., Mullangi, A, and Ding, N. (2014), Differential Modulation of Auditory Responses to Attended and Unattended Speech in Different Listening Conditions. Hearing Research316, 73-81
Ding, N., and Simon, J.Z. (2014), Cortical Entrainment to Continuous Speech: Functional Roles and Interpretations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience8:311. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00311
 Ding, N. and Simon, J. Z. (2013), Power and Phase Properties of Oscillatory Neural Responses in the Presence of Background Activity, Journal Computational Neuroscience 34(2), 337-343.
Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2012), Neural Coding of Continuous Speech in Human Auditory Cortex during Monaural and Dichotic Listening, Journal of Neurophysiology107, 78-89.
Wang, Y.*, Ding, N.*, Ahmar, N., Xiang, J., Poeppel, D., and Simon, J.Z. (2012), Sensitivity to Temporal Modulation Rate and Spectral Bandwidth in the Human Auditory System: MEG Evidence, Journal of Neurophysiology 107, 2033-2041.
*These authors contributed equally.
Ding, N. and Simon, J.Z. (2009), Neural Representations of Complex Temporal Modulations in the Human Auditory Cortex, Journal of Neurophysiology 102, 2731-2743. 

For persepctive students: Dr. Nai Ding's lab is looking for talented students of all levels (undergraduates, master students, and PhD students) and potential postdoc associate. Perspective students should be interested in cognitive neural science, especially the neural processing of temporal information in speech, language, and music. It's desirable but not necessary to have signal processing or programming skills. Please contact Dr. Nai Ding ( if you're interested in joining the lab.