Diandra is a postdoctoral researcher at the Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development Group (GDCD), led by Dr Kate Baker. She is also a Bye-fellow of Fitzwilliam college. She completed her PhD as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher of the European ITN ChildBrain at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University (Birmingham). She used MEG and DTI to investigate functional and structural connectivity, and brain networks in children with dyslexia.
Diandra's current research focuses on studying cognitive, behavioural and neural mechanisms in single gene disorders causing intellectual disability (ID). She is specifically interested in finding new ways to combine functional (MEG) and structural (DTI) connectomes, in order to define the neural proprieties of functional genetic pathways leading to ID. In addition, she has been investigating polygenic and transdiagnostic risks for cognitive achievement, behavioural problems (ADHD) and psychiatric disorders in development.
When she is not in the MEG running experiments, or learning new analyses, she likes to be involved in CBU outreach events.
BRKIC, D. , Hawkins, E., AKARCA, D., ZHANG, M., Woolrich, M., BAKER, K., ASTLE, D. (2019) Functional network dynamics in a neurodevelopmental disorder of known genetic origin, Human Brain Mapping, 41(2):530-544 [Open Access]