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Jabbi. Mbemba

Mbemba Jabbi

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry


Phone: 512-495-5195

Office Location
HDB 4.210

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

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.

Jabbi M, Cropp B, Nash T, Kohn P, Kippenhan JS, Masdeu JC, Mattay R, Kolachana B, Berman KF. BDNF Val66Met polymorphism tunes frontolimbic circuitry during affective contextual learning. Neuroimage. 2017 Nov 15;162:373-383. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.080. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

Jabbi M, Chen Q, Turner N, Kohn P, White M, Kippenhan JS, Dickinson D, Kolachana B, Mattay V, Weinberger DR, Berman KF. Variation in the Williams syndrome GTF2I gene and anxiety proneness interactively affect prefrontal cortical response to aversive stimuli. Transl Psychiatry. 2015 Aug 18;5:e622. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.98.

Jabbi M, Kohn PD, Nash T, Ianni A, Coutlee C, Holroyd T, Carver FW, Chen Q, Cropp B, Kippenhan JS, Robinson SE, Coppola R, Berman KF. Convergent BOLD and Beta-Band Activity in Superior Temporal Sulcus and Frontolimbic Circuitry Underpins Human Emotion Cognition.  Cereb Cortex. 2015 Jul;25(7):1878-88. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht427. Epub 2014 Jan 23.