I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in Ilana Witten’s lab where I study how dopamine influences neuronal dynamics that support 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 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 and network architecture support behavior and in particular learning and decision-making. The mammalian brain has an unparalleled number of cell types with distinct connectivity, neurochemical and electrophysiological properties. Why is this level of diversity necessary? how do different neuronal populations govern neuronal dynamics to generate appropriate computations and efficient information processing? To answer these questions I use a range of optogenetic, chemogenetic, imaging, computational and electrophysiological techniques.