As Assistant Director of PNI's cognitive neuroscience facilities, known jointly as The Regina and John Scully '66 Center for the Neuroscience of Mind and Behavior, I manage day-to-day operations and provide user support and scientific consulting for the MRI facility, the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Laboratory, the Eye Tracking Laboratory, the Electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory, the Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory, and other related facilities. More details may be found on my Support page.
I completed my graduate studies at Princeton University with Profs. Charlie Gross and Sabine Kastner in 2005. My thesis investigated the use of blood oxygen dependent signal (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) in the awake and behaving NHP model to map visual striate and extrastriate cortex. In particular, I examined the face-processing network in the inferotemporal cortex relative to representations of body parts and inanimate objects.
I was first introduced to brain imaging during my undergraduate years, under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Tracy when we were at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. I received my B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy & Religion from Ursinus College. Prior to joining Princeton, I was an NIH Summer Intern working with Dr. Jordan Grafman in the Cognitive Neuroscience Section of NINDS. I next spent a couple years working in the Laboratory of Brain & Cognition with Dr. Leslie Ungerleider at the NIMH as a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee. There I received training in using functional brain imaging to study human selective and visual attention with paradigms inspired from NHP electrophysiology.
My work in the NHP model fostered my deep appreciation and respect for animal research. I hold a deep commitment to the care and welfare of animals in research, and recognize that scientific and medical knowledge developed through animal research has the capacity to save lives, improve human and animal health, and alleviate pain and suffering. To assist with the University’s responsibility to ensure that all personnel treat research animals in a humane manner and in compliance with our laws and regulations, I serve on the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Outside of the laboratory I enjoy the great outdoors on my recumbent bicycle with my family.