Jabbi Mbemba, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Mbemba Jabbi is an assistant professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. 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 a Ph.D. in clinical neuroscience from the University Medical Center Groningen in 2007. Prior to joining the Dell Medical School, Jabbi did a Fogarty International Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2007 to 2011. He then completed his research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda in 2016. There, Jabbi lead the translational multicenter studies looking at how rare but penetrant genetic events influence affective processes.

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 affect brain circuitry mediation of basic and higher-order adaptive affective functions. Jabbi’s long-term goal is to further use the insights gained from these studies to guide novel strategic identification of neurogenetic biomarkers for maladaptive affective dysfunctions.

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 9 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Letter

Convergent neurobiological predictors of mood and anxiety symptoms and treatment response

Mbemba, J. & Nemeroff, C., Jun 3 2019, In : Expert review of neurotherapeutics. 19, 6, p. 587-597 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Mood Disorders
Affective Symptoms
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
2 Citations (Scopus)

BDNF Val66Met polymorphism tunes frontolimbic circuitry during affective contextual learning

Jabbi, M., Cropp, B., Nash, T., Kohn, P., Kippenhan, J. S., Masdeu, J. C., Mattay, R., Kolachana, B. & Berman, K. F., Nov 15 2017, In : Neuroimage. 162, p. 373-383 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Facial Expression
16 Citations (Scopus)

Convergent BOLD and Beta-Band Activity in Superior Temporal Sulcus and Frontolimbic Circuitry Underpins Human Emotion Cognition

Jabbi, M., Kohn, P. D., Nash, T., Ianni, A., Coutlee, C., Holroyd, T., Carver, F. W., Chen, Q., Cropp, B., Kippenhan, J. S., Robinson, S. E., Coppola, R. & Berman, K. F., Jul 1 2015, In : Cerebral Cortex. 25, 7, p. 1878-1888 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Temporal Lobe
Facial Muscles
14 Citations (Scopus)

Variation in the Williams syndrome GTF2I gene and anxiety proneness interactively affect prefrontal cortical response to aversive stimuli

Jabbi, M., Chen, Q., Turner, N., Kohn, P., White, M., Kippenhan, J. S., Dickinson, D., Kolachana, B., Mattay, V., Weinberger, D. R. & Berman, K. F., Aug 25 2015, In : Translational Psychiatry. 5, 8, e622.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Williams Syndrome
6 Citations (Scopus)

Midbrain presynaptic dopamine tone predicts sustained and transient neural response to emotional salience in humans: fMRI, MEG and FDOPA PET

Jabbi, M., Nash, T., Kohn, P., Ianni, A., Rubinstein, D., Holroyd, T., Carver, F. W., Masdeu, J. C., Shane Kippenhan, J., Robinson, S. E., Coppola, R. & Berman, K. F., Jan 1 2013, In : Molecular psychiatry. 18, 1, p. 4-6 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Predictive Value of Tests
Brain Mapping
Photic Stimulation