Elle Murata

Elle Murata

Graduate Student



Emily Jacobs

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Elle Murata received her B.A from Middlebury College, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Japanese, where she worked with Dr. Michael Dash on research related to brain metabolism and long-term potentiation. Elle is driven by the critical need for women’s presence in science and is delighted to be part of the Jacobs Lab, which is dedicated to this goal. Beyond research, she is involved in Access Grads and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and all kinds of food (cooking and eating it)!


The Jacobs Lab investigates the effects of endogenous and exogenous hormones on the structural and functional architecture of the brain, including projects on reproductive aging, the reproductive cycle, and oral contraceptives. My research focus is understanding how ovarian hormone suppression, via a gonadotropin releasing hormone antagonist, impacts the brain and cognition.  

[Sex steroid hormones, neuroendocrine aging, effects of ovarian hormone suppression on brain architecture & cognitive function]