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Bio: I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge working in the Brain Mapping Unit in the Department of Psychiatry under the supervision of Prof Ed Bullmore. I am a 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. I was awarded a PhD from the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. I completed my thesis in the Building Blocks of Cognition laboratory under the supervision of Prof Silvia Bunge funded in part by a Fulbright award. I also completed a MSc in Medical Physics at the University of British Columbia in 2007, funded by a Commonwealth fellowship. My undergraduate degree is a first class honours BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol (2004).
Research goals: I aim to integrate multiple neuroimaging techniques of brain development throughout the lifespan and predict individual differences in cognition, susceptibility to mental health problems, and response to interventions. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent development and the effects that experiences during these formative years have on adult behaviours.
It takes a village: In order to attain these lofty goals I have always worked within a team of researchers on two large scale projects: Neuroimaging of Reasoning Ability and NeuroScience in Psychiatry Network. My work could not exist without the dedication of my exceptional collaborators.
My passions: Reproducibility and replicability; encouraging young people to consider a career in science; scientific outreach within schools; supporting women and other under-represented groups in STEM fields.