I am fascinated by a structure in the brain called the cerebral cortex, which is greatly expanded in the human brain and underlies most of our sensorimotor and cognitive functions. My lab is focused on understanding the formation of the cerebral cortex via three avenues:

  1. How it develops from a fertilized egg to a complex and highly interconnected structure
  2. How it can respond to unexpected events to alter its formation (plasticity) 
  3. How it changed its developmental plan to produce variety of form and function throughout mammalian evolution (evo-devo).

Students and researchers interested in investigating the many mysteries of the development, plasticity and evolution of the cerebral cortex are welcome to contact me.

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