I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Christopher Moore and Micheal Frank in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University. My graduate training was with Joshua Berke at the University of Michigan, where I received a PhD from the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. I earned a BS in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
I am broadly interested in brain computations that underlie flexible behavioral-control and learning. I specifically study 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 have extensive experience in:
• sophisticated rodent behavioral tasks
• a variety of experimental methods for neural activity-assay and control (high-density electrophysiology, in vivo neurotransmitter measurement, large-scale one and two-photon microscopy together with optogentic, chemigenetic and BL-OG control)
• and multilevel computational models of decision processes.