IBACS EXECUTIVE STEERING COMMITEE
Adult language processing; Influence of context on sentence comprehension; Event comprehension; Interface between language and vision.
Philosophy of language & mind; Epistemology; Metaethics.
Genetics and Genome Sciences
My laboratory uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to model and study human imprinting disorders.
R. Holly Fitch
Animal models of neurodevelopment and cognition; Models of neurodevelopmental disruption (genetics, early injury) and developmental disability.
Neag School of Education
Reading acquisition in children with dyslexia, and interventions to improve word reading skills.
Malformations of cortical development, neural circuit excitability and epilepsy; Pediatric brain tumors and tracking sources of cellular diversity; Learning disorder associated genes in neural circuit function.
Language processing, especially real-time integration of information at multiple scales; Language development; EEG/ERP, Computational modeling.
UCHC and Jackson Laboratories
My research seeks to develop biomimetic tissue models for the nervous system. Currently I focus on developing personalized brain tissue models with human patient brain cells. The goal is to use these "brain-in-a dish" models to understand and treat neurological disorders, including pediatric brain tumors.
Psychopharmacology; Neurochemistry and behavior; Behavioral functions of dopamine and acetylcholine; Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, depression.
My research starts from two working hypotheses: (i) that there is an underlying combinatorics to human language syntax, and (ii) that this combinatorics is implemented in the human brain.
Ex Officio Members
Associate Director of Brain Imaging Research Center
Current research interests include the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study neural excitability in auditory and language processing; distinguishing genetic and environmental contributions to language pathways; and developing tablet-based games for cognitive and literacy assessment.
Director of Cognitive Science Program
Childrens' language acquisition and language development.
IBACS INTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD
- Jeff Shoulsen - Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
- Andrew Moiseff - Associate Dean for Behavioral and Life Sciences
- Michelle Williams - Associate Vice President, Research
- Michael Lynch - Director, Humanities Institute
- George Kuchel - Director, Center for Aging, UConn Health Center
- Amy Gorin - Associate Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy
The remit of the internal advisory board is to advise both on shorter- and longer-term issues of strategic importance (i.e. advising both on Institute-internal matters but also on issues that may impact externally on the Institute – e.g. strategic developments at UConn, building and space developments, etc.). The board will also monitor and evaluate the extent to which the Institute is meeting both its own and UConn’s broader institutional aims.