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Jennifer Ciarochi

Grad Student    

Jennifer Ciarochi (pronounced chuh-row-key) joined the noble ranks of the Neuroscience Institute doctoral students in 2012, and currently overextends herself in both the Turner and Frishkoff labs. Her primary research interest is imaging genetics, with an emphasis on how genetic changes influence brain structural and functional phenotypes as well as the role of these factors in human disease. To that end, she utilizes human neuroimaging techniques such as MRI, fMRI, DTI, and EEG in conjunction with genome-wide data, and has applied these techniques to understanding Huntington’s Disease onset variability in prodromal (presymptomatic) populations. She has also been involved in a multimodal (fMRI, EEG, MEG) study examining the neural correlates of meaningfulness judgments and expectancy in sentence-level language comprehension. In previous collaborations and labs, she has been participated in similar studies on Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia and Aniridia. Her closest friends describe her as an overzealous, argumentative procrastinator, and she would probably find time to agree if she wasn’t such an argumentative procrastinator.