I'm a 3rd year graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program. My work uses fMRI to grow our understanding of the large-scale functional architecture of the human brain, and how whole-brain activity and connectivity dynamics relate to ongoing cognition. I am particularly interested in identifying the mechanisms underlying the control of brain dynamics, and working to integrate existing knowledge about the neural basis of cognitive control and working memory with emerging insights from complex systems, network science, and machine learning.

Here are a few of the questions I ask in my research:

  • How does the brain flexibly reconfigure to support different types of cognition and behavior?
  • What is the impact of localized brain damage (e.g. stroke) on global brain dynamics?
  • How and why do individuals differ in their ability to control their thoughts.
  • How are control mechanisms disrupted in conditions such as ADHD, Schizophrenia, PTSD, and Generalized Anxiety?

Before coming to Berkeley, I worked with Dr. Michael Milham at the Child Mind Institute. As an undergraduate, I studied cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind at the City University of New York, where I worked with Dr. Jennifer Mangels

I am currently funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.