My interest in language processing in general, and in the nature of semantic representations, began with my previous studies in biological and cognitive psychology. In my current work as a PhD student I am interested in discovering the genetic factors which underlie our language ability by linking genomic DNA variations to brain structure. In my research, MRI data is analyzed to reveal variations in the volume, shape and asymmetry of brain (sub)structures between individuals. Association studies are then performed between genomic DNA variations and these measures of brain structure, with a focus on the language networks and how this association is ultimately reflected in language performance. In addition, a variation of the MRI technique known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is used to assess brain connectivity (communication between different regions of the brain as mediated by white matter tracts) in relation to genetic variation.