Bart Larsen grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota before moving to Portland, OR to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Lewis and Clark College. As an undergraduate, Bart was inspired to understand the role of the brain in cognition and decided to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. As a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Beatriz Luna, he studied how the human brain develops during adolescence. His dissertation work employed multiple neuroimaging techniques, including using diffusion MRI, quantitative MRI, and PET imaging to study how the neurobiology and connectivity of the human striatum impacts reward processing and cognition during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Bart is now a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Satterthwaite’s and is interested in understanding how neurobiological mechanisms interact with the environment to shape the adolescent brain. His first paper in the lab was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Outside the lab, Bart is an avid craft beer enthusiast, enjoyer of the outdoors, and fan of the computer game StarCraft.