I studied Physics and Computer Science at University of Oregon in my Bachelor’s, and did my Masters in Biology/Bioinformatics also at UO. Before joining Vision Science, I studied olfaction in the Yu lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
The visual system is a great model for studying sensory processing, and the Vision Science program allows many researchers from diverse fields to come together towards understanding vision at multiple levels.
My thesis work focuses on training neural networks with efficient coding strategies, and seeing which strategies reproduce known properties of the visual system. Specifically, I am applying this technique towards understanding the parallel magnocellular and parvocellular streams seen in the retina and LGN.
I want to make a contribution to the world through my science, by furthering our understanding of us and the world around us.
I’m into cooking, rock climbing, getting outdoors, and seeing new places.