I study how the human brain processes speech and other natural sounds. I will be starting my own lab as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in September of 2017 (stay tuned for announcement of available positions). I am currently a postdoc in Dr. Edward Chang's lab at the Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF, where I speech representation in the human auditory cortex.
I did my PhD in Dr. Shaowen Bao's laboratory (now at U. of Arizona) at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, where I used optogenetics and computational models to describe how sound is processed by neural circuits in the auditory cortex.
Before beginning my PhD, I worked under Dr. Katherine Narr at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, formerly at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying structural and functional deficits in the brain related to schizophrenia and other neurological disorders using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).
Even before that, I graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with my bachelor's degree in neuroscience (cellular/molecular track), and additional concentrations in music (piano performance) and Spanish.