Ursula A. Tooley


I am currently a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis. My research examines functional brain network development in neonates and toddlers, with a focus on the pace of brain maturation and how neuroplasticity changes across development. I am also interested in effects of the early environment on brain development.

I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2022 at the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Allyson Mackey in the Changing Brain Lab and Dr. Dani Bassett in the Complex Systems Group.

I graduated in the spring of 2014 from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Neuroscience. From 2011 to 2014, I worked in the lab of Dr. Jamie Edgin, examining longitudinal effects of sleep disruption on cognition in children with Down syndrome.