Neural Activity

  • How would you describe your background? (I.E. where you are from? How did you first get interested in your area of research? Etc.) When I was an undergrad, I was a philosophy major and I was taking some psychology courses. I took a neuro-biology of learning and memory course, loved it, the professor then asked me to work in his lab which I decided to do. Two weeks after I started working in the lab, I said “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life” and that’s what I’ve been doing for the rest of my life. I didn’t take another philosophy class, I jumped ship, and took just neuroscience and psychology courses even though I was only two classes shy of completing the philosophy major. Yeah, I’ve been working on that ever since—the research I started doing as an undergrad is what I’m still doing now which is studying the brain basis of spatial memory, how our brains’ code the environments that we traverse, how this information is used to guide our actions of, say, getting from one place to another based on our memory of locations we’ve been to before. All this is done in rodent models using in vido electrophysiology.