Professor Lahiri is the Director of the Language and Brain Lab, and Principal Investigator of the WORDS project.
Previously a professor at the University of Konstanz, and before that at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, she took up the Chair in Linguistics here at Oxford in 2008, and presided over the inauguration of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.
Professor Lahiri's research programme employs a diverse range of methodologies, from cutting-edge brain imaging technology to palaeographic investigation of centuries-old manuscripts, with the overarching theme of investigating the mental representation and historical development of the sounds of human language.
Her academic honours include the Max Planck Research Award, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Professor Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Life Member of the Linguistic Society of America.
Professor Lahiri is also a Fellow of Somerville College.