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2020 Fellow

Sofia Landi

PhD Institution
The Rockefeller University

Sofia’s research is concerned with uncovering poorly understood mechanisms in our brains that underpin how we recognize faces, and in particular, molecular and structural differences between how we perceive strangers and people we know well. During her PhD she discovered two previously unknown regions of the brain specifically involved in recognizing familiar faces. Now, Sofia will pivot into understanding how our memory works, exploring the connections between how our brains navigate the world and episodic memory. Episodic memory allows us to recall events from our past, and Sofia hopes to uncover more about how our brain allows us to mentally time travel through our map of memories.