I am a postdoc at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in Ilana Witten’s lab where I study how neuromodulators govern neuronal dynamics to influence learning and decision making. As part of my postdoc I am part of the International Brain Lab (IBL) an exciting international collaboration of systems neuroscience labs.
Before starting this position, I did my PhD in Juan Burrone’s lab at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at King’s College London where I studied the rules governing the plasticity and development of chandelier cells in the mammalian cortex. Prior to my Ph.D I studied Neuroscience for my undergraduate at the University of Nottingham where I worked in in a diverse range of topics from molecular biology to anxiety research.
Aside from academia I worked for one year at Pfizer Inc. during my undergraduate degree where I studied new methods for the efficient differentiation of neural stem cells.
My research interests focus on how neuronal diversity allows optimal brain function and behavior. The mammalian brain has an unparalleled number of cell types with distinct connectivity, neurochemical and electrophysiological properties. Why is this level of diversity necessary? what makes these distinct populations unique? how do different neuronal populations govern neuronal dynamics to generate appropriate computations? To answer these questions I use a range of optogenetic, chemogenetic, imaging, computational and electrophysiological techniques.