We are interested in how the brain develops at the molecular and cellular level to accomplish cognitive tasks, and to understand how dysfunction in these processes leads to neurological disorders.
We are located at the University of California, San Diego
School of Biological Sciences, Departments of Neurobiology and Molecular Biology
The overarching goal of our group is to establish a comprehensive molecular map of the developing human brain in order to identify the cell-type specific gene-networks driving neurodevelopmental disorders associated with intellectual disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome. We utilize mouse models and human derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to decode the genomic and molecular signatures of intellectual disability during neurodevelopment and cognition. Through collaborations with scientists, clinicians, and families we hope to identify new therapeutic avenues for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
We aim to foster a safe and inclusive environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, and diversity. Our philosophy is to mentor, empower, and champion individuals from all walks of life who are passionate about and dedicated to conducting scientific research with integrity, rigor, and transparency.
We officially launched R-SIP Summer of 2022. The objective of this program is to provide high school juniors from underrepresented and underserved communities around San Diego and the nation an opportunity to participate in biological research at UCSD. The program is aimed at providing a one-month internship where students fully engage with scientific research and aims to provide a fully immersive experience spanning the entire process of conducting biomedical research.