Professor Lahiri is the Director of the Language and Brain Lab, and Principal Investigator of the MORPHON project (Resolving Morpho-Phonological Alternation: Historical, Neurolinguistic, and Computational Approaches) funded by the European Research Council (2016-2021).
The Language and Brain Lab has also hosted other ERC projects including Professor Lahiri's first Advanced Investigator grant WORDS (2011-2016) as well as the FLEX-SR (Flexible Speech Recognition System) Proof of Concept Award (2015-2016).
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 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 also a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Life Member of the Linguistic Society of America, and a Fellow of Somerville College.