This is the second part in my Autres Chapeaux series. Last week, I told you about my past stint as graduate student and brain peeker. In this segment, the brain peeking continues, although I’m now a postdoc with an actual phud (what my Dad called a PhD). My friend and I sometimes call each other Dr. Becca and Dr. Katie, and this still amuses us after a year.
I digress. I now work at UCLA, researching the cognitive and neural underpinnings of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. (I love the word ‘underpinnings’ – I remember using it more than once in my grad school applications.) One of my current projects examines very early perceptual and conceptual processing of scenes in patients and college undergraduates.
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are debilitating illnesses that have strong genetic and biochemical bases. Compared to most diseases with similar prevalence in the population (roughly 1% each), we have very little understanding of the specific genes and mechanisms that cause them. I work in Dr. Tyrone Cannon’s lab and am affiliated with a consortium dedicated to finding the genetic components that underlie normal cognitive processes and mental illness.
OK, so that’s another hat. A couple more while I’m at it: connoisseur of cocktails that taste like desserts and knower of 90’s rap song lyrics. So word up, yo. Peace out.
One nonscholarly footnote: Dr. Katie has a blog of her own, featuring gorgeous handmade jewelry and recipes that make me wish I wasn’t culinarily impaired.