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Behavioral Neuroscience

Tobi Aubakare

Post-baccalaureate IRTA Fellow

B.A Language and Brain Development, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA


Oluwatobi (Tobi) Abubakare completed a Bachelors of Arts in Language and Brain Development at the University of Rochester in May 2018. Tobi conducted research in the laboratories of Dr. Alex Paciorkowski investigating de novo genetic mutations in developmental disorders and epilepsy. Tobi also did a senior honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Runner investigating how pronominal processing differs in autistic individuals. After completing training at the NIH, Tobi hopes to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical sciences investigating the neural underpinnings of autism, and get involved in clinical applications with this patient population. Tobi is also a violinist with the NIH Philharmonia and a volunteer coach for a high school debate team.

Peer Reviewed Papers

Lee BH, Reijnders MRF, Abubakare O, Tuttle E, Lape B, Minks KQ, Stodgell C, Bennetto L, Kwon J, Fong CT, Gripp KW, Marsh ED, Smith WE, Huq AM, Coury SA, Tan WH, Solis O, Mehta RI, Leventer RJ, Baralle D, Hunt D, Paciorkowski AR. (2018)  Expanding the neurodevelopmental phenotype of PURA syndrome.  American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 176(1):56-67.


Abubakare, O, Bennetto, L, Runner, J. (2018). Did T’Challa’s Dad Kill Himself or Kill T’Challa? Exploring Pronominal Processing in Autistic Populations. University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Expo, Rochester, NY.

Abubakare, O, Lee, B, Tuttle, E, McMahon, KQ, Stodgell, C, Bennetto, L, Paciorkowski, AR. (2015). PURA Mutations Associated with Developmental Encephalopathy, not Classical Autism. University of Rochester Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium, Rochester, NY.