I am a lecturer in neuroscienc e teaching at Rice University. I am helping to build the new neuroscience major at Rice by instructing classes in basic experimental techniques, behavioral and molecular neuroscience, and science communication. I received my doctorate at UTHealth in theoretical neuroscience, where I studied the computational underpinnings of perceptual phenomena. I have a particular interest in how noise in neuronal communication effects perception, as well as the neural correlates of timing.
Besides teaching and research, I do a lot of work in science communication and outreach. Currently, I run two organizations in the Houston area that bring science to the public. BrainSTEM is a multi-institutional organization (as well as a course at Rice – BIOC 129) that attempts to teach neuroscience subjects to local under-served high schools, with a particular emphasis on building connections to KIPP Sunnyside. I am also the City Coordinator for Taste of Science Houston, which focuses on connecting local scientists to the area through demonstrations and talks at various bars and restaurants.