I am a Post Doc researcher at the University of Rockefeller (New York) in the Jarvis lab. I am working on the neurobiology of language, using songbirds as animal models, as well as on evolutionary genomics, trying to decipher the evolutionary history of several gene families (Vertebrate Genomes Project).
For my PhD (Barcelona, Duke and Rockefeller Universities) I focused on the role of oxytocin in the evolution of human prosociality and in the evolution of speech; I worked on the evolutionary history of the oxytocin and vasopressin/vasotocin ligands and receptors; I, lastly, tested the human self-domestication hypothesis using (paleo)genomic tools.
I am also a strong advocate for supporting women and other underrepresented minorities in STEM, and I am involved in science communication to the public. I am currently a STEM mentor in the NYAS program teaching Life Sciences to elementary and middle school students in underserved communities throughout NYC.