I was first able to investigate the neuroscience questions that fascinate me as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago (BA Biological Sciences, 2011), where I worked in the lab of Dr. Sliman Bensmaia studying the perception and neural encoding of tactile texture. I then joined the University of Washington (PhD Neuroscience, 2019), working with Drs. Fred Rieke and Eric Shea-Brown. My thesis work focused on how adaptation and response variability impact sensory encoding in the retina. In my current postdoctoral work with Drs. Tom Daniel and Bing Brunton, I’m interested in how rapid sensory feedback is used to stabilize flight in hovering insects.
When I’m not sitting in front of a computer or experimental rig, I can often be found mountain biking, hiking, or playing volleyball.