Creative expression through STEM projects is extremely important to me. Science and engineering are HOW we as a species survive but the humanities are WHY we exist. Scientific achievement and artistic beauty are meaningless, however, without compassion and empathy. For these reasons, I strike a balance and try to advance science, art, and kindness every single day.
I'm currently a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University where I study the primate visual system. More specifically, I work in the Kaas lab investigating pulvino-cortical circuitry using classic anatomical techniques informed by electrophysiological recordings. Outside of lab, I volunteer with various school groups and teach neuroanatomy to gifted kids in underserved communities. Recently I've been taking an interest in transhumanism, specifically with respect to the development of artificial intelligence and brain-machine interface technologies.
In 2012, I received my Master's in Public Health (MPH) from Tufts University Medical School where my research interests included statistical analysis of nonparametric data and infectious disease epidemiology. During the writing phase of my capstone project, I volunteered with Harvard's Livingsone Lab to study the perception of symbolic numbers in monkeys by teaching them addition.
My undergraduate education (BS, Brain and Cognitive Sciences) was completed at MIT. While a member of the MIT community I taught advanced psychology courses to gifted highschool students (MIT ESP), worked as an EMT, and conducted face perception research with the Sinha Lab.
Besides neuroscience, I'm probably best known for being a contestant on the first season of TBS's King of the Nerds. It was a great experience and I made many close friends! This brief television appearance exposed me to the world of cosplay which has become one of my creative outlets.
When leisure time is available I enjoy hardware hacking, hiking, and watercolor painting.