Assoc. Prof. Radiology and Pediatrics
Rhode Island Hospital, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
The primary focus of my research is characterizing and understanding the genetic environmental and equality factors that shape early brain development and ultimately later cognitive behavioral and academic outcomes. While based in the US this work has global significance and I collaborate closely with groups across high and lower-income settings to better understand how social and gender inequality maternal autonomy nutrition and educational access and quality impact infant and child brain health. The foundation of this research is the development of advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to interrogate brain tissue and microstructure at high levels of detail. As the PI of NIH (USA) MRC (UK) and CIHR (CANADA) as well as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded grants I have developed and applied neuroimaging methods to characterize development trajectories in healthy neurotypically developing children as well as in the context of poverty and adversity nutritional deficits and early intellectual and developmental disorders.