Currently I'm a post-doctoral researcher in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. I love my academic scientific research, but there's a lot more I want to do, and a lot more I enjoy. My research interests are pretty broad, but I'm attracted to research that involves working with unique and interesting patients. I like trying to make something positive out of their negative experiences.
You can see my full academic CV here:
The brain, how it gives rise to who we are, and how it is shaped by experience. We are at an important point as a species; understanding who we are through technology will help us move forward.
Imagine this: you are given a modern-day laptop. This computer is running OSX with a copy of iTunes playing an MP3 version of All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix; Firefox open with four tabs: Gmail, CNN.com, ESPN.com, and Wikipedia.org; and an OpenOffice Calc spreadsheet is minimized.
Now imagine this: you have never seen or heard of a computer before. You know nothing about computer languages, RAM, hard drives, etc. You can stick microelectrodes into the computer and record whether an individual transistor is on or off. You know that if you damage a part of the hard drive that the computer doesn’t function properly. You know that there are thousands of different kinds of programs that the computer can play, and that no two computers are running the exact same programs in the same way at the same time.
Each computer is unique. How do you figure out how a computer works?
This is the problem faced by neuroscientists.
Anything related to science, technology, and the betterment of our species.
Talking my way out of tough situations.
One of my closest friends introduced me to TED by sharing some talks through his Google Reader. I've got a love/hate relationship with TED. I've spoken at TEDxBerkeley and written for TED-Ed.
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