I think the natural world (past and present) has a lot to teach us about ourselves (past, present, and future). I’m fortunate to have a job that gives me time and space to contemplate this.
I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University, where I studied the function of a brain area called the hippocampus. This area is often referred to as the brain's "inner GPS". In my PhD work, I found that hippocampal neurons encode diverse elements of experience beyond the spatial domain. I used custom-made virtual reality tools and multiple cognitive tasks to show that hippocampal representations of objects and context are related to ongoing behavior and memory of recent experience. For more info, you can check out my PhD thesis here, or see an updated list of my publications.
As a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, I'm working to understand how brain representations of the external world, internal states, and recent experience affect decisions in complex environments.