B.S., McGill University; M.M.Sc., Harvard Medical School; Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Visual neuroscientist and artist, examines neural basis of color using physiological, behavioral, and modeling techniques. (Visit Website)
I am a visual neuroscientist and visual artist. My scientific interests are focused on mechanisms underlying perception, cognition, and behavior, which I address by exploring the neural basis of color. One long-term goal of my research program is an understanding of the neural processes by which color influences emotional state; in this pursuit, my lab aims to explore color as a potential model system for investigating depression. My laboratory uses a range of techniques, including fMRI-guided microelectrode recording and microstimulation in awake-behaving non-human primates trained to perform visual tasks, along with psychophysics and fMRI in humans, and computational modeling, to define and test hypotheses relating physiology and perception. My lab is also seeking to investigate mechanisms of perception and cognition in alternative models like rodents with high visual acuity (squirrels). In addition to maintaining an active studio practice, I am involved in ongoing projects at the interface of visual neuroscience, visual art, and the practice of making art.
As a member of the Neuroscience Program, I was part of the team that developed the core neuroscience major curriculum, and I've taught at all levels of the curriculum. With my colleagues, I developed Introduction to Neuroscience, the foundational neuroscience course. I taught the course for the first five semesters it was offered. I also teach an advanced interdisciplinary laboratory course, Vision and Art: Physics, Physiology, Perception, and Practice, with participation from faculty in the Art Department.
I am a member of the Society for Neuroscience and a faculty member of Faculty of 1000 (F1000), Biology.