André M. M. Sousa obtained a B.S. degree in biology and a Ph.D. degree in basic and applied biology from the University of Porto. He then received postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Nenad Sestan at Yale University before becoming an assistant professor of neuroscience and an investigator at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sousa’s research focuses on identifying and characterizing the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern human brain development and evolution and applying that knowledge towards understanding neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, including autism spectrum disorder. To study these mechanisms, his laboratory uses a multifaceted approach that combines functional genomics, postmortem human and nonhuman primate brains, induced pluripotent stem cells and mouse genetic models.