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BSC Counselor - David Van Essen, Ph.D.

David Van Essen, Ph.D. is the Alumni Endowed Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Van Essen’s lab develops and uses computerized brain mapping techniques to study the structure, function, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and non-human primates. He is a leader of the Human Connectome Project, which aims to map human brain circuitry in healthy adults. Dr. Van Essen also studies human cortical development in infants, and examines abnormalities in cortical structure and function in psychiatric conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, and Williams Syndrome.