Jesse Gomez, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist studying the development of the human brain
I received my PhD from Stanford University working with Kalanit Grill-Spector on understanding how visual cortex develops during childhood using a variety of MRI techniques and modeling. I am currently at UC Berkeley working with Kevin Weiner to understand what changes the human cortex undergoes from birth to adulthood and how these anatomical changes underlie complex behaviors like reading and recognition. My work combines a variety of methods to help answer the following questions:
  • How does human cortex change from childhood to adulthood?
  • How does experience in childhood impact the organization and function of the brain? Do shared experiences result in shared brain organizations?
  • Do changes in brain function necessitate anatomical changes?
  • What happens when brain development goes awry?