Aza Stephen Allsop, MD, PhD is a first-generation American who grew up in Trinidad before living in a number of different states on the east coast. He studied Biology, Philosophy, and Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University. He then carried out his training in the Tye lab at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT as part of the Harvard Medical School-MIT MDPhD program. He studies how social information is processed, integrated, and biased in the brain in hopes of elucidating the neural circuits responsible for fundamental social behaviors. His research is guided by the belief that deconstructing these mechanisms will provide a better understanding of how social groups function and offer more insight into the implications this has for the development and function of society at large. He currently performs social neuroscience research and provides clinic care in psychiatry at Yale University.