OHBM 2023- Emily Jacobs

Emily is an Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and Director of the Ann S. Bowers Women's Brain Health Initiative at the University of California. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Smith College. Prior to UCSB she was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Medicine/Division of Women's Health at Brigham & Women's Hospital. Her laboratory uses brain imaging, endocrine, and computational approaches to deepen our understanding of hormone action in the human brain. Major initiatives include the study of endocrine aging during the midlife transition to menopause, pharmacological studies of gonadal hormone suppression, and dense-sampling studies across the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. 

She was named a Hellman Fellow, a Brain and Behavior Young Investigator, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, a National Institutes of Health "BIRCWH" Women's Health Fellow, and a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Kavli Fellow for "distinguished young scientists under 45". In 2022, she was named one of ten scientists to watch by Science News. In addition to her research, her lab advocates for diversity in science. Her lab regularly partners with K-12 groups to advance girls' representation in STEM, work that was featured in the book “STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers”.