I am a Gray Fellow at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Christopher I. Moore and Micheal J. Frank at the Department of Neuroscience, Brown University. My PhD training was with Joshua D. Berke (now UCSF) at the University of Michigan. I received a BS in Neuroscience from University of Minnesota.
I am broadly interested in brain computations for flexible behavioral-control and learning. I have especially focused on the neurotransmitter dopamine and basal-ganglia mechanisms for reward-learning and motivational vigor. I combine interdisciplinary approaches to gain a deeper understanding of precise anatomical, temporal and functional organization of decision-circuits.
I am extensively trained in sophisticated rodent behavioral approaches, together with a variety of experimental methods for neural activity assay and control (e.g. high-density electrophysiology, in vivo neurotransmitter measurement, in vivo one and two-photon microscopy together with neural control). I am now receiving additional training to formalize theories that integrate my experimental findings into multilevel neurocomputational models for tandem and cyclical advances in modeling and empirical work.
Specific research questions I am actively pursuing are: