About Me

 Portrait by  Joshua Sarinana

Portrait by Joshua Sarinana


"We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too."  -Kristin Martz


I'm a PhD student in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge MA) and am a member of  Dr. Kay M. Tye's Lab.  My current research goal is  to understand how the neurotransmitter dopamine regulates projection- and valence-defined neurons in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in complex cognitive processes.  Check out my Research page to learn more!

Before coming to MIT, I received my B.S. in Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).  My love affair with neuroscience began in 2009 when I became an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Brandon J. Aragona's Lab,  where I studied dopamine signaling in response to opioid drugs of abuse. My publications, including this one, can be found in the links under the Publications page.

When not playing with brains in the lab, I curate a neuroscience magazine about them at home. I collect breathtaking images from primary science research and share them with the world.  Learn more on the Interstellate page or check out the digital copy of Interstellate Volume 1 and Volume 2. I'll be defending my thesis in April 2018 and growing Interstellate will become my full-time job! Stay tuned for exciting updates!

I'm also very active on Twitter where I share my adventures through grad school, neuroscience papers / resources, and cute dog videos.