Our research

We study development of the embryonic cerebral cortex, the brain structure which controls higher cognitive function.  In the developing cerebral cortex, neurons (blue, right) are produced from neural progenitors (red) during a process called neurogenesis. Defective neurogenesis impacts neuron production, which can result in neurodevelopmental disorders affecting brain size and structure.

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We are interested in the following research questions:

We tackle these complex questions using multidisciplinary approaches including live imaging of brain slices and neural progenitors, genetics, and functional genomics.

Hear about our recent study on enhancers in human brain evolution, with an interview on NPR!

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