As an undergraduate philosophy major, I was fascinated by consciousness. As a graduate student of neuroscience, I discovered the perfect balance of complexity and empirical epistemology.  Neuroscience integrates information from various levels of complexity – from behavioral profiles to molecular structures.  While it may seem deceptively simple, a scientific phenomenon cannot be reduced to a just behavioral profile, one must also understand the organization of its basic components into a system.  This necessitates a commitment to the idea of life being bound by physical laws that are subject to unbroken regularity.  I believe that the most rewarding way to explore and understand life is through scientific methodology.

To this end, I use my background in an attempt to remain at the forefront in advocating for and putting into practice educational innovations that not only help my own students to achieve their greatest potential, but also enrich our community and contribute to its advancement of the democratic ideals of opportunity, empowerment, and social justice.