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Xiangzhen Kong

My main research interest involves imaging genetics and its applications to basic and applied research. My research at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics mainly focuses on the genetic basis of human language network and brain asymmetry. That is, how the molecular genetic infrastructure supports the language-ready brain (e.g., leftward asymmetry of the language network) and gives rise to individual differences in language network and language performance.

This project will take multiscale approaches, including post mortem analysis of gene expression from the human cerebral cortex (new data to be generated), genome-wide genotyping in the data from thousands of participants, and multimodal brain imaging (including task and resting-state fMRI, MRI and DTI), behavioral tasks, as well as receptor mapping via collaboration with Human Brain Project (HBP) investigators. I am also in our MULTI-LATERAL (Multi-level Integrative Analysis of Brain Lateralization for Language) project, which is a new Partnering Project of the HBP. In this project, I aim to link functional asymmetries for language production to post mortem gene expression and genomic variation data.
 
In addition, I am interested in neuroimaging and network modeling methodologies for individual differences studies of brain structure and function.
 
Last checked 2018-03-28
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Xiangzhen Kong

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Phone:
+31-24-3521957
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+31-24-3521213