I have dedicated my career to investigating the basic mechanisms by which nerve cells communicate with one another and caring for patients with neurological conditions in whom these processes have gone awry. During my PhD work, I studied a group of enzymes expressed in the developing brain. This immersion in neurodevelopment contributed to my decision to pursue child neurology training. After training as a child neurologist, I returned to the lab and investigated basic mechanisms of how the brain gets wired. As an independent physician-scientist, I turned my focus to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a neurogenetic disorder associated with epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism. My laboratory has identified several steps during brain development in which genes that cause TSC play crucial roles. As director of the multi-disciplinary TSC clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), I am in a unique position to translate our basic science findings to TSC patients. My goal is to translate insights gained from studying brain development to improvements in patient care through early detection, treatment and prevention of problems associated with TSC and related neurological diseases.