Emily received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. from Smith College. Prior to moving to UCSB in 2016, she was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She was named a 2019 Hellman Fellow, 2017 Brain and Behavior Young Investigator, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, a National Institutes of Health BIRCWH Fellow, and was named a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow for “distinguished young scientists under 45.” In addition to her research, Dr. Jacobs Lab advocates for diversity in science at the national and international level. Her lab regularly partners with K-12 groups throughout the central coast to advance girls' representation in STEM, work that was featured in the book “STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers”.
The brain is an endocrine organ and sex hormones' influence on the central nervous system can be measured across spatio-temporal scales. In many mammalian species, sex hormones regulate cell survival, plasticity, and the global morphology of brain regions that support learning and memory. The Jacobs Lab explores the structural and functional changes in the human brain that occur in response to changing hormonal conditions. We pair brain imaging tools with endocrine assessments to study how endogenous and exogenous hormonal factors (e.g. neuroendocrine aging during menopause, pharmacological manipulations of sex hormones) influence aspects of brain structure, function, and cognition in women and men.