I want to know how collections of atoms, mere star dust, can be intelligent. To achieve this, we must first characterize what type of system the brain (an intelligent collection of atoms) is—what are its components and how do they interact and compute information? Towards this end, I study the brain as a complex biological network by analyzing functional and structural human brain images predominately with graph theory, but I also adopt techniques from computational neuroscience and computational cognitive science to inform the graph theory analyses. In particular, I test the theory that brain is a modular information processing system.
I studied Philosophy and Psychology at Columbia University, where I graduated Valedictorian, I also received Summa Cum Laude and honors in both majors, working with Ed E. Smith and Daphna Shohamy on Cognitive Neuroscience, and Katja Vogt and Achille Varzi on Plato, Chomsky, and Philosophy of Science. I am currently a third year PhD student. I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow.