Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
I received my Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience under the mentorship of John Gabrieli and Rebecca Saxe at MIT. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with Nancy Kanwisher in collaboration with Bruce Fischl.
The last two decades of neuroscientific and neuropsychological research have revealed the functional organization of the human brain in unprecedented detail. Dozens of patches of cortex have been functionally characterized, some implementing very specific cognitive functions, and some more broadly engaged across different tasks. But what determines the function of a given patch of cortex? How does this functional organization arise in development and how does it change with experience? My research investigates how anatomical connectivity determines the functional organization of the human brain, and how the existing architecture can change to make way for new, experience driven neural representations and behavioral skills.