Welcome! I'm a senior staff scientist at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and Assistant Director of the PNI Scully Center for the Neuroscience of Mind and Behavior. I manage day-to-day operations and provide support for the MRI and other related facilities (e.g., eye tracking, EEG, TMS). More details may be found on my Support page.
I completed my graduate studies as a first-generation academic at Princeton University with the late Charlie Gross and Sabine Kastner in 2005. My thesis investigated the use of blood oxygen dependent signal (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) 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 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. After college, I was an NIH Summer Intern working with Jordan Grafman at the NINDS, and a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee under the mentorship of the late Leslie Ungerleider at the NIMH.
My scientific training fostered a deep appreciation and respect for animal research. I hold a 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 with my family and riding (and writing about) recumbent bicycles. If you see someone riding around Princeton on a strange bike contraption, it's probably me !