In a nutshell: I am passionate about making science accessible to the curious everywhere through writing, teaching, outreach, mentorship, and whatever else I get roped into. I write mostly science-y stuff.
Teaching: Currently, I am a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University. This year, I am excited to be part of teams teaching The Science of Mythbusters, How Does Your Brain Work?, and Stories Everywhere. At UC-Berkeley, I was a graduate student instructor for Biological Psychology, The Aging Human Brain, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Human Neuropsychology and was part of a team that facilitated a wacky DeCal, Altered States and the Brain. I have also coached gymnastics, apprentice taught college-level Spanish, and tutored English as a Second Language.
Research: I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at UC-Berkeley in August 2015. I was a student in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and for my doctoral research, I worked with Rich Ivry in the Cognition and Action Lab (CognAc). I used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate how errors and rewards shape learning in the brain.
Outreach: I like to show people real human brains in schools, at museums, and at special events. To showcase the power of the human motor system, I’ve strapped prism goggles on middle schoolers and Burning Man attendees alike. I also occasionally volunteer through a couple of great organizations–Expanding Your Horizons and Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS). You should too!
Misc: Outside the lab, I enjoy cooking, hiking, backpacking, and reading (mostly fiction).