Welcome to the Brain Development and Disorders Lab

Our lab is striving to understand how brain circuits are formed during development and how these circuits mediate behavior. Our studies focus on the development and function of interhemispheric connections of the mammalian brain, and we study animals and people with altered brain wiring.

The corpus callosum is the largest interhemispheric connection in the brain of placental mammals. It forms during prenatal life; in humans this occurs between 12-20 weeks gestation. To understand the development and function of the corpus callosum, we study corpus callosum dysgenesis (CCD), investigating the causes of these disorders, how the brain’s circuitry is altered in CCD, and how these changes might affect cognition. We are also studying the development of circuits in the brain of a marsupial fat-tailed dunnart.

If you are interested in our science and would like to join our team, please contact Dr. Richards.

Our Team

Lab Members

The Richards lab is led by Professor Linda Richards. We are composed of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.


Current Research

Our studies focus on the development and function of interhemispheric connections in animals and people with altered brain wiring.

Brain Wiring

Volunteer for Research

If you or someone you know has lived experience with Corpus Callosum Dysgenesis, there are opportunities to volunteer for our research.


Recently Published

Recently Published

Recent work out of the Richards lab investigated the differences in neocortical cellular composition and connectivity in fat-tailed dunnarts and mice.
First Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange!

First Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange!

The Richards and Goodhill lab members took time to enjoy the sweet things in life. The first annual cookie exchange occurred December 17, 2021, with everyone having a great time! The remainder of the day was spent in a sugar coma. 🙂

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