Aversion and attraction are fundamental drives which produce a wide range of orienting behaviors in organisms with nervous systems. Moreover, vertebrate animals must control a large number of degrees of freedom (motor neurons -> muscles -> joints) in order to produce these behaviors fast enough to respond to stimuli. I'm interested in investigating how the nervous system handles this degree-of-freedom problem by studying the larval zebrafish on a behavioral and neural level as it responds to appetitive and aversive visual stimuli.
M.S. Biological Engineering, University of Missouri
B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Missouri
Optical imaging techniques (super-resolution, ultrafast), brain-machine/computer interface, eating spicy foods, walking my dog, bothering my cat, and long walks on the beach.