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Nenad Sestan

Nenad Sestan, PhD

Faculty Member

Center for Neurocognition and Behavior | Center for Neurocomputation and Machine Intelligence | Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity

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Development and evolution of human cerebral cortex

Our research investigates the molecular and cellular basis of how neural circuits form within the developing cerebral cortex, the outside part of the mammalian brain that processes our senses, commands motor activity, and helps us perform higher-order cognitive functions like language. We also study how neural circuits were modified during human evolution and may become compromised in neuropsychiatric disorders. An important element of our research is the integration of complementary approaches that combine 1) analyses of evolutionarily conserved mechanisms using the genetically tractable mouse model, 2) functional, genomic and cellular analyses of humans and non-human primates to identify human-specific features of brain development and organization, and 3) genetic and molecular analyses of human neuropsychiatric disorders, such autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and schizophrenia.