About Me

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I started my laboratory in July 2013.

My undergraduate research was at the University of Cambridge, and my Ph.D. was at the University of Oxford where I worked with Matthew Rushworth and David Bannerman. During my postdoctoral work I was a Charles H. Revson Senior Fellow in the Life Sciences (Postdoctoral Fellow) in the laboratory of Mark Baxter, first at the University of Oxford and late at Mount Sinai.

I work on the role of the prefrontal and temporal cortex in cognition. My lab particularly focuses on higher cognitive function such as working memory and episodic memory, the complex autobiographical memory that is lost in dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Currently I have two main areas of research.  First, I am interested in the functions of the neurochemical acetylcholine in the prefrontal and temporal cortex.  Secondly, I am investigating the effect of specific brain lesions on the whole brain at the structural and functional level, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

I am also a science communicator who is passionate about sharing science with as many people as possible. I am the New York producer for The Story Collider and have a number of ongoing projects. I also blog for Psychology Today.

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