"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”

- Henri Poincaré



Hi! I am a 6th year biology PhD candidate at MIT, participating in the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience program (MCN). I am a member of Matt Wilson's lab. I'm interested in the role of the hippocampus and adjacent brain areas in memory and decision making during spatial tasks and navigation. To learn about these processes, I do in vivo single unit electrode recordings from rats.


Hannah Wirtshafter

PhD Student, MIT Department of Biology, Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Program