October 05, 2017

Caitlin, Jake, and Mustafa prepare brain specimens for a Hallow-STEAM science night at the Knox School of Santa Barbara. 

August 10, 2017

Emily is a recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Foundation for her investigation of sex differences in dopamine transmission in the human brain.


June 05, 2017

"Girls On South Coast Learn About Careers In Science And Engineering In Unusual Way" by Debra Greene

See the link below for a fun feature on the lab's work with Girls, Inc.

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Caitlin Taylor
May 10, 2017

Postdoctoral fellow Caitlin Taylor led a discussion of the brain with middle school students from Girls Inc. NPR followed the story. 

Learn more about Girls, Inc. at

"Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold"

March 24, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Laura to the lab as a new PhD student beginning Summer 2017.

Laura will be graduating with a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with a major in Psychology. As an undergraduate she worked in Dr. Sepideh Sadaghiani's lab, investigating the functional role of spontaneous neural activity and connectivity in large-scale brain networks. She will complete her Bachelor’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Andrei Cimpian, researching developmental change in response inhibition and its relation to empathetic behavior. Laura is interested in understanding and identifying cognitive dysfunction stemming from the role of sex steroids in cognitive networks, specifically during the critical periods of reproductive aging. In addition, Laura is passionate about advocating for women’s health research and policy.

In a strange and wonderful twist of fate, Laura and Emily discovered they graduated from the same small high school in central Illinois. 

Welcome, Laura!

December 06, 2016

Please join us for an interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Kavli Foundation and UCSB Brain Initiative. The panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Ken Kosik, Harriman Professor of Neuroscience at UCSB, will feature:

Roberta Diaz BRINTON - Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development at the University of Southern California, where she is Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology. Dr. Brinton has elucidated the mechanisms by which sex hormones control bioenergetic and regenerative aging in the brain. Her work has led to new, personalized clinical interventions in Alzheimer's disease.

John H MORRISON - Professor of Neurology at UC Davis School of Medicine and the director of the California National Primate Research Center. Dr. Morrison's research focuses on the neurobiology of aging and neurodegeneration.  He directs the large NIH-funded program project on "Estrogen & the Aging Brain" and is one of the most highly cited investigators in neuroscience.

Emily Goard JACOBS is an Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB. Dr. Jacobs' research elucidates the effects of estradiol on the structure and function of the human brain. Using human brain imaging, neuroendocrinology, and imaging genetics, she determines the unique aging patterns of the female brain, addressing a major gap in women's health. 

November 08, 2016

Sex differences in episodic memory in early midlife: impact of reproductive aging.

Link to article

(C) 2016 by The North American Menopause Society.

November 06, 2016


Emily Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, attended the National Academy of Sciences 28th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. The gathering, which convenes in November, is considered the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists under 45.

August 08, 2016

Jacobs E.G. et al. (2016) Impact of sex and menopausal status on episodic memory circuitry in early midlife. The Journal of Neuroscience (in press)


July 20, 2016

We're thrilled to welcome Caitlin Taylor to the lab this Winter. Caitlin will be joining us from Washington D.C., where she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University with Guinevere Eden, D.Phil. 

For more on Dr. Taylor, see the Lab Members page.

July 18, 2016

We're delighted to welcome Shuying Yu to the lab in August. She'll be leading our valiant effort to get a full fledged research laboratory up and running!

For more on Shuying, see the Lab Members page.

July 07, 2016

The Jacobs Lab move-in day is here! 

June 20, 2016

Join us for the two week Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Week 1: Brain Circuits in Behavior and Cognition

Week 2: The Stressed Brain

Emily will be leading a discussion on the role of sex steroid hormones in stress circuitry 

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June 07, 2016

The NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health is hosting a conference in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the ORWH. Emily will be speaking at a special session beginning June 7th, 11:15AM in the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45). She'll be discussing recent advances in our understanding of how reproductive aging shapes early changes in episodic memory circuitry. Introduced by Jill M. Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Learn more about the BIRCWH and SCOR programs here, two NIH initiatives dedicated to advancing women's health research.

May 26, 2016

Emily Jacobs, Jill Goldstein, Karyn Frick and John Morrison joined forces for a cross-disciplinary symposium, “Early cellular, synaptic, and circuit-level biomarkers of sex differences in memory decline”  in Philadelphia, May 2016.

May 15, 2016

Tune in to hear Emily's interview with John Hockenberry on NPR’s program The Takeaway

"Gender bias in health research leads to unintended consequences"

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May 09, 2016

Join us at the 15th Annual Learning and Memory Symposium, UCLA, Monday May 9th, 9-5pm. Emily will be sharing recent work characterizing the changes in memory function that occur in early midlife.

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April 13, 2016

An interview with UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute on launching the new lab.

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April 01, 2016

The Jacobs Lab has opened its doors. If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student or postdoc, please refer to the Joining the Lab page for more details.

March 31, 2016

UCSB has launched an innovative neuroscience initiative. Check out the links below to find out more. 

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