My research uses modern anatomic, molecular and analytic techniques to shed new light on an old problem: which innovations that have accumulated along the human lineage enable higher cognitive function, and which are impaired in brain disorders? Answers are likely to be complex: there are few human-specific genes, and most genes implicated in brain disorders are expressed in multiple cell types and brain structures.

I hope to reveal processes that shaped human brain evolution and to contribute to the development of new models for neuroscientific and genetic research.