About Me

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I’m a neuroscientist interested in the neural basis of skill learning and expertise. As a doctoral student in the Miller Limb Lab, I studied proprioception (the internal sense of body position, movement, and forces) and how the brain processes this information. Now, as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh, I’m studying how the brain integrates this sensation with motor control for complex tasks, like balancing a cane on your hand or throwing a ball. I built this website to share my experiences as a scientist and communicate my research less formally than in a typical academic paper.

Education

2019 PhD | Biomedical Engineering | Northwestern University
Advised by Professor Lee E. Miller
Dissertation: The contribution of whole-limb kinematics to proprioceptive representations in the central nervous system

2011 BS | Electrical Engineering | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Experience

2019-now Postdoctoral Associate | University of Pittsburgh
Aaron Batista Lab
Planning to study the neural basis of skill learning and expertise in monkeys

2012-2019 PhD student | Northwestern University
Lee Miller Limb Lab
Performed surgical procedures and experiments to study the representation of proprioception (the sense of body state) in brains of monkeys

2011-2012 Research intern | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prashant Mehta Research Group
Worked on implementation of novel Feedback Partical Filter, a neural network-like filter for use in estimating quantities given noisy measurements

2010-2011 Undergraduate researcher | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Todd Coleman Research Group
Developed techniques to improve quality of electroencephalography (EEG) recording and developed applications for novel epidermal electronic tattoos