Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
I received my Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience under the mentorship of John Gabrieli and Rebecca Saxe at MIT. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with Nancy Kanwisher in collaboration with Bruce Fischl.
My research addresses fundamental questions about the physical mechanisms underlying the functional differentiation of human cortex (especially visual cortex) in adults, its origins in children, and its plasticity in response to disease and trauma. I have shown that anatomical scans alone can predict brain function and outcome, e.g. scans in children, even before they can read, are able to predict later reading development and dyslexia; scans in adults with social anxiety disorder can predict whether a specific treatment is likely to succeed in each individual. My work offers powerful new strategies to understand, diagnose, and predict treatment outcome in both clinical and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as plasticity and response to injury and trauma.