Emily Jacobs

Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences


The brain is a major target of sex steroids, yet relatively little is known about how these hormones shape brain function at the human cognitive neuroscience level. The Jacobs Lab is focused on understanding the extent to which sex steroid hormones shape the neural circuitry underlying higher order cognitive functions. This includes defining the role of sex steroids in the healthy adult brain and, in turn, exploring how the decline in hormone production during endocrine aging influences specific neural circuits. We use a multi-tier approach that includes fMRI, molecular PET imaging (with UC Berkeley), endocrinology and genetics.