Rochellys Diaz Heijtz

Rochellys Diaz Heijtz
About the Speaker
  • Profession
    Associate Professor and Group Leader in the Department of Neuroscience
  • Company
    Karolinska Institutet
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Dr. Rochellys Diaz Heijtz, Associate Professor and Group Leader in the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet

Dr. Rochellys Diaz Heijtz is an Associate Professor and Group Leader in the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. Her research studies have a long-term goal of understanding the biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD), and how genes and the environment (prenatal and/or early postnatal) together influence typical and atypical brain development and behavior. Her current research program includes basic studies investigating the influence of gut-derived microbial molecules, such as “bacterial peptidoglycan fragments” and their sensing molecules, on brain development and behavior, and clinical studies investigating the potential role of the gut microbiota in the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.