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David MacDonald

MSc student

David joined the CoBrA lab in 2019 as a Master’s student in McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience. He is a Montessori elementary school teacher with a decade of classroom experience in Canada and the United States. His interest in neuroscience is rooted in his work with children and a desire to better understand both typical and atypical neurodevelopment. In the CoBrA lab, Dave is examining differences in subcortical morphology in autism spectrum disorders, using a large, multi-site dataset to identify factors that contribute to heterogeneity.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Dalhousie University / The University of King’s College. At Carleton, he studied the effects of chronic stress on hypothalamic energy homeostasis circuits.


In his spare time, David enjoys being in a canoe, growing food, making things out of wood, and reading good books.

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