The study of sex differences in the brain is one of the most long-standing and debated themes in neuroscience. A compelling reason to investigate these differences is because in many neurological disorders, there exist sex differences in age of onset, prevalence, symptomatology, and prognosis.
My work seeks to identify functional and structural sex differences in the human brain.
Tens of billions of neurons interconnect in the human brain. Direct and indirect structural white matter connections between these neurons facilitate the flow of functional activation between brain regions. Together, these connections give rise to human cognitive abilities.
My work seeks to identify functional and structural correlates of cognitive functioning.
An understanding of sex differences and neural correlates of cognition in the healthy brain provides an important foundation with which to delineate sex-specific mechanisms in age-, injury-, and disease- related changes in cognitive functioning. My research integrates my expertise in neuroimaging, connectomics, and machine learning to explore multimodal brain connectivity patterns underlying 1) sex differences in the brain, 2) cognitive abilities, and 3) relationships between hormones and the brain.