Jesse Gomez

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, 2018
234 PNI

Research Focus

The development of the human brain is the most protracted of any species. For humans, this makes childhood experience an especially pronounced factor in sculpting the neural hardware that will support essential behaviors in adulthood. Despite its importance, the period of time spanning gestation to adolescence remains understudied in human cognitive neuroscience. The development of the human brain and the cognition it supports is a powerful lens through which to understanding cognitive neuroscience more generally. My research program aims to address fundamental questions whose answers lie in the study of the brain, behavior, and their co-development: What are the origins of human brain organization? What is the model that relates a child’s experience to the functional and structural development of their brain? What happens when this development goes awry, as in dyslexia, autism, or prosopagnosia? Addressing these gaps in knowledge inherently requires understanding multiple aspects of the brain, which is why our research employs an array of methods including functional (fMRI), quantitative (qMRI), and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI), behavioral observations, as well as translational techniques using postmortem tissue and spectroscopy. This multimodal approach enables the construction of some of the first models bridging a child’s experience with its impact on the make-up and function of their brain across development.

Related Links

Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Research Area
Human Cognitive