Lotfi B. Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH


Vision Rehabilitation Service

Schepens Eye Research Institute
20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4130
Fax: 617-912-0111



Dr. Merabet is an optometrist-scientist and is active in clinical research relating to individuals' adaptations to blindness.

Dr. Merabet completed his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Montreal, a doctorate in optometry at the New England College of Optometry, and master's degrees in Clinical Investigation at HMS-MIT division of Health Sciences Technology and in Public Health at Harvard. He has completed two postdoctoral research fellowships in noninvasive brain stimulation (HMS/BIDMC) and neuroimaging (BU/MGH). Dr. Merabet also serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Carroll Center for the Blind and the National Braille Press.

As director of the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, Dr. Merabet's main research interests include the development of assistive technology for the blind and understanding how the brain adapts to the loss of sight (both from ocular and brain-related causes). Much of this work is done in local collaboration with the Carroll Center and Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children's Hospital, as well as internationally with the University of Chile and the University of Milan.


For a full list of publications, please see his CV.

Characterizing Visual Field Deficits in Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Using Combined Diffusion Based Imaging and Functional Retinotopic Mapping: A Case Study. Merabet LB, Devaney KJ, Bauer CM, Panja A, Heidary G, Somers DC. Front Syst Neurosci. 2016 Feb 25;10:13.

The effect of hand movements on numerical bisection judgments in early blind and sighted individuals. Rinaldi L, Vecchi T, Fantino M, Merabet LB, Cattaneo Z. Cortex. 2015 Oct;71:76-84.

Audio Haptic Videogaming for Developing Wayfinding Skills in Learners Who are Blind.Sanchez J, de Borba Campos M, Espinoza M, Merabet LB. IUI. 2014;2014:199-208.

Perception of tactile graphics: embossings versus cutouts. Kalia A, Hopkins R, Jin D, Yazzolino L, Verma S, Merabet L, Phillips F, Sinha P. Multisens Res. 2014;27(2):111-25

Neural correlates associated with superior tactile symmetry perception in the early blind. Bauer C, Yazzolino L, Hirsch G, Cattaneo Z, Vecchi T, Merabet LB. Cortex. 2015 Feb;63:104-17.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov>>



  • Biology, University of Ottawa, BSc
  • Physiology, Université de Sherbrooke, MSc
  • Neuroscience, University of Montreal, Ph.D.
  • New England College of Optometry, O.D. (Doctor of Optometry)
  • Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health, MPH


  • Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
  • Neuroimaging, Boston University and MGH-Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging