Samantha Terese Major, MHSc

Neurophysiology Laboratory Manager


Ms. Samantha Major is the manager of the neurophysiology lab at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and holds a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from the Duke University School of Medicine/NIH Clinical Research Training Program. In her role at the Center, she ensures the collection of high-quality neurophysiological data, including electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-gaze tracking data, and works to develop and publish novel analysis techniques. She has 6 years of experience managing EEG laboratories and staff and has performed over 300 EEG experiments with children and adults during her 4.5 years working at Duke. Samantha is pursuing a scientific career in clinical research for developmental and psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on identifying clinical biomarkers and developing safe, accessible treatments to improve quality of life for all individuals.

Samantha graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience & Behavior and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her previous research training was in neurobiology, social psychology, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. At the University of California Irvine she assisted with patch clamp electrophysiology and hippocampal cellular mapping. At the University of California Santa Cruz she designed and implemented a youth empowerment program in the community and mentored foster care youth. In 2012 she began working at the University of Washington Autism Center, collecting neurophysiological data from children and primates.


Representative Publications

Murias, M., Major, S., Compton, S., Buttinger, J., Sun, J., Durham, R., Kurtzberg, J., Dawson, G. Electrophysiological biomarkers predict clinical improvement in an open label trial assessing efficacy of umbilical cord blood for treatment of autism. Stem Cells Translational Research (2018)

Murias, M; Major, S; Davlantis, K; Franz, L; Harris, A; Rardin, B; Sabatos-DeVito, M; Dawson, G. Validation of eye-tracking measures of social attention as a potential biomarker for autism clinical trials. 11 1: 166-174. Autism Research (2018)

Li, Y; Murias, M; Major, S; Dawson, G; Dzirasa, K; Carin, L; Carlson, DE. Targeting EEG/LFP synchrony with neural nets. 2017-December undefined: 4621-4631. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (2017)