Dr. Rebecca Reh
Please note that Dr. Rebecca Reh is on maternity leave until September 2021.
Rebecca is a postdoctoral fellow, currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Rebecca began her postdoctoral fellowship at the UBC Infant Studies Centre in January 2016. Prior to moving to UBC, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University in the fall of 2015, where she worked with Dr. Takao Hensch. While at Harvard, her research focused on understanding the role inhibitory neurons play in regulating brain plasticity during key windows – known as ‘critical periods’ – in early development. Her work in this domain suggests that neuronal oscillatory activity – or brainwaves – may be a usable indicator of inhibitory cell maturation, and pointed to its potential development as a biomarker of critical periods for brain plasticity in infant development.
Rebecca’s current research at the Infant Studies Centre builds upon this foundation, exploring whether mechanisms underlying language acquisition and attunement, such as statistical learning, are constrained to a critical period in early development. Using infant-friendly EEG, her work aims to explore whether developmental changes in brain oscillatory activity underlie age-related changes in the level of plasticity. In addition, her work considers whether alterations in the timing of this critical period in early development lead to lasting changes in language development. Rebecca’s work has been funded both by the Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Research (CIFAR) and NSERC.
When not at the Centre, Rebecca can be found skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking in beautiful British Columbia with her family.