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Dr. Jorge Moll – A Brilliant Neuroscientist Who Sees More Than Just a Brain

Dr. Jorge Moll was born in Brazil and he graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an M.D. in neuroscience. He completed his residency at the same university and continued his education by earning a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology from São Paulo University. Dr. Moll is the founder and president of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (DOR). He serves the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and the Neuroinformatics Workgroup, a diagnostic and imagining laboratory, as the director. His skills and expertise are in the areas of neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neurology, fMRI, prefrontal cortex, and morality.

Before entering medical school, Dr. Moll was always interested in the human mind and existential questions like the mystery of our existence. Intrigued by imaging, especially fMRI or functional MRI that revolutionized neuroscience, Dr. Moll realized a scientist could test hypotheses about brain function or the response of the brain to different stimuli in a non-invasive way, e.g., without the use of radioactive markers. Dr. Moll began experimenting with MRI and fMRI before entering medical school, and once he enrolled in medical school, he specialized in neurology.

Dr. Jorge Moll is a member of several professional organizations including The Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the International Neuroethics Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, and the Society for Neuroscience. He stresses the importance of collaboration, and in a typical day, you will find him in meetings, speaking with students, or liaising with scientists and researchers. A prolific writer and researcher, Dr. Moll in collaboration with other scientists, has written more than 136 articles and collaborated with other scientists on various projects ( For one of the most recent projects, Dr. Moll with a team of seven scientists studied the neural correlates of human values and motivations utilizing fMRI encoding models and behavioral measures.

A devoted family man, Dr. Moll is passionate about improving the quality of life for others. Dr. Moll is methodical about his work, and when he chooses an idea for a project, he develops a plan of action and executes those plans in collaboration with his colleagues.