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Elle Murata

PhD Student

University of California, Santa Barbara

Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)

Elle's research explores the impact of sex steroid hormones on brain structure and function, leveraging neuroimaging to interrogate how menopause shapes neural circuitry underlying working memory. She is also interested in how reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis and PCOS, influence the brain and cognition. In addition to incorporating aspects of the human condition specific to women in her research efforts, Elle is driven by the critical need for the inclusion of women and other underrepresented individuals as scientists in the field of neuroscience. As a leader in Access Grads and WiSE organizations on campus, she aims to boost diversity within the field and demystify the paths to becoming involved in research and applying to graduate school.

Area of Research Expertise
Women's health; Reproductive disorders; Sex steroid hormones; Neuroimaging