Associate Research Scientist
André M. M. Sousa received his B.S. from the University of Porto. As an undergraduate, he researched the effects of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems and the impact of parasitic infections in the brain. He then entered the GABBA graduate program at the University of Porto and decided to pursue his studies in developmental neurobiology with Nenad Sestan, at Yale School of Medicine. The goals of his research are to identify and characterize the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing human brain development and evolution, and to apply that knowledge towards understanding neuropsychiatric disorders. He employs a multifaceted approach that combines functional genomics with developmental and evolutionary neurobiology, using mouse genetic models, induced pluripotent stem cells, and postmortem primate brains. Approaching human brain development, function, and disease through the lens of our closest extant relatives, the non-human primates, is an essential component of his research.