Xiangzhen Kong


My current research interest is brain imaging genomics by integrating multi-scale and multi-site approaches.

My research at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics mainly focuses on the genetic basis of brain asymmetry and functional lateralization. The question of interest 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 as well as related disorders. These projects take multiscale approaches, including post mortem analysis of gene expression from the human cerebral cortex, genome-wide genotyping in the data from tens of thousands of participants, and multimodal brain imaging (including task and resting-state fMRI, MRI and DTI), and behavioral tasks. I am working for the MULTI-LATERAL (Multi-level Integrative Analysis of Brain Lateralization for Language) project, which is a Partnering Project of the Human Brain Project.

In addition, I am interested in neuroimaging and network modeling methodologies for studies of individual differences in brain structure and function. 


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