Department of Organismal Biology

Development and evolution of the brain

Our research group focuses on development and evolution of the brain from several different angles. One of our main focuses is the search for candidate genes involved in the development of schizophrenia. Among these, we are currently studying the functions of QKI in early development of vertebrate brains (from zebrafish to humans). Another current research focus is the investigation of the genetics and early development of sex differences in the brain of humans and other primates. This interest developed from several observations, by many researchers around the world, of common sex differences in the inheritance of several psychiatric diseases such as autism (more common in human males) and unipolar depression (more common in human females).