Zhongzheng Fu, Ph.D., received his Bachelor’s degree in physics from University of Hong Kong. He earned his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology in 2019. His doctoral research focuses on understanding the single neuron mechanisms of self-monitoring of action errors, which signal lapses in cognitive control. His work discovers the neuronal basis for the error-related negativity (ERN), an important biomarker for psychiatric diseases. His postdoctoral work in the lab of Ueli Rutishauser at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center uncovers the neuronal mechanisms in the human medial frontal cortex that support robust generalization of cognitive control across different challenging cognitive tasks. In 2023, Dr. Fu joined the faculty of Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor.


Laboratory overview

We investigate the computational and neural bases of cognitive control in learning, memory and decision-making. A long-term goal is to understand cognitive control arises from neural processing at the cognitive, system and neural circuit level to produce flexible and generalizable goal-directed behaviors. Our experimental approaches include intracranial microelectrode recordings, electrocorticography, electroencephalography and eye tracking. We develop various computational models to describe human behaviors in cognitive tasks and neural activity, and characterize the brain-behavior relationship.


Graduate School

Research Interest

  • Brain-computer interface
  • Cognitive control
  • Decision making
  • Metacognition


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Single-Neuron Correlates of Awareness during Attentional Blinks.
Fu Z, Rutishauser U, Trends Cogn Sci 2018 Jan 22 1 5-7
Decision ambiguity is mediated by a late positive potential originating from cingulate cortex.
Sun S, Zhen S, Fu Z, Wu DA, Shimojo S, Adolphs R, Yu R, Wang S Neuroimage 2017 Jun 157 400-414
Somatic mutations of the immunoglobulin framework are generally required for broad and potent HIV-1 neutralization.
Klein F, Diskin R, Scheid JF, Gaebler C, Mouquet H, Georgiev IS, Pancera M, Zhou T, Incesu RB, Fu BZ, Gnanapragasam PN, Oliveira TY, Seaman MS, Kwong PD, Bjorkman PJ, Nussenzweig MC, Cell 2013 Mar 153 1 126-38


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Human single neuron recordings. In Encyclopedia of the Human Brain

Zhongzheng Fu, Ueli Rutishauser (2023). Academic Press

Honors & Awards

  • Malaniak Award
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2023-2023)