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I am currently a post-doc in the Ganguli Lab (Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University) where I study theoretical neurobiology, in particular the effects of synaptic plasticity mechanisms on learning and memory.Before this, I was a post-doc in the Samuel Lab (Department of Physics and Center for Brain Science, Harvard University) where I studied brain and behavior in the Drosophila larva and C. elegans. Prior to that, I was a graduate student in the High Energy Theory Group (Department of Physics, Harvard University) where I studied string theory, using the AdS/CFT correspondence to investigate black hole thermodynamics, especially in the fluid mechanics regime.
I am interested in most aspects of theoretical neurobiology. I am currently studying the role of complex synapses in learning and memory.<br/><br/>Our brains store long term memories by adjusting the strengths of the synapses that connect neurons. The tendency for new memories to overwrite old ones leads to a trade-off between learning and remembering: if synapses are too plastic older memories will be wiped out too easily, if they are too rigid it becomes difficult to learn new memories in the first place. I am studying theoretical models of synapses to understand how their internal structure can be used to balance these effects and maximize their memory storage.