Dr. Mbemba Jabbi is Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jabbi graduated with combined B.S. and M.S. degrees in Experimental Psychology and Neuroanatomy from the University of Groningen, Netherlands in 2002 and obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuroscience from the University Medical Center Groningen in 2007.
Prior to joining the Dell Medical School, Dr. Jabbi did his Fogarty International Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from 2007-2011. He then completed his Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD in 2016. At the NIMH, Dr. Jabbi lead the translational multicenter studies looking at how rare but penetrant genetic events influences affective processes.
Dr. Jabbi’s current research applies deep behavioral phenotyping and multimodal imaging genetics to better understand the neurogenetic basis for normal and dysregulated affective functioning. His lab seeks to contribute to the integrative characterization of how genes impact brain circuitry mediation of basic and higher-order adaptive affective functions. Dr. Jabbi’s long term goal is to further utilize the insights gained from these studies to guide novel strategic identification of neurogenetic biomarkers for maladaptive affective dysfunctions.