Carol Marchetto is a Senior Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA. She is involved in understanding the mechanisms by which human pluripotent stem cells become a functional neuron. Carol is currently studying the behavior of different types of human brain cells (neurons and glial cells) in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Elucidation of those mechanisms may shed a light on the unique plasticity in the human central nervous system and may help developing strategies for drug screen platforms and potential therapy candidates for neurological diseases that have no treatment yet. Carol obtained her degree in Biology and her PhD degree in Genetics at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. When she is not working in the lab, Carol is practicing yoga or hanging out with friends.