Humans show a great level of heterogeneity in their behavior—from the tendency to take risks, to personality traits to educational achievements. I seek to identify the neurobiological foundations of this variation, by (1) studying how behavioral traits are embodied in the anatomy and function of the human brain, and (2) investigating how these neurobiological differences arise from an interplay between genetic tendencies and environmental influences. Most previous works on the topic have relied on small non-representative samples (of mostly college students), studied genetics and brain features in isolation, and have not appropriately controlled for important socio-economic and genetic confounds. My research overcome these limitations by employing advanced statistical methods on large general-population datasets, which combine brain-images, genetic data, and cognitive and behavioral measures from tens of thousands of individuals.

I'm a marketing assistant professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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University of Pennsylvania
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