Research Team (Family Study)

We are a research team from UCSF that has been studying children and brain functions for over a decade. We have been more and more interested in the roles genetic and environmental factors play during the brain development of children.

In the past five years, we have studied the intergenerational transmission pattern of parents and their children. One major discovery we found has been that the brain circuit important for mood and emotion, and disorders like depression may be more strongly passed on from the maternal side, which has been speculated in animal literature but has never directly been shown in us humans.

Core Research Team

Professor of Psychiatry & of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences, UCSF; Director of brainLENS

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF; UCSF Center for Reproductive Health
Assistant Research Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry, UCSF
Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry, UCSF