General research

I have always been fascinated by the intimate relationship between brain and behavior. My research focuses on how networks of neurons in the frontal and parietal association cortex give rise to our ability to memorize and interpret information and make appropriate decisions. As a neurologist, I am particularly interested in how cognitive functions are generated in the human brain. To address these difficult questions, my lab and I have been developing methods that allow us to record from large groups of individual neurons in awake human participants. Our research is very interdisciplinary and builds on the expertise of clinicians and scientists working in the fields of neurosurgery, systems and cognitive neuroscience, neurotechnology and neuroengineering. Witnessing patients struggle with deficits in memory, judgement and language deeply affects me. I hope to see the day when our research translates into relevant improvements for these individuals.