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 diseases.
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 disability, 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.