As of January 2016 I will be based in the Department of EngineeringUniversity of Cambridge, UK as a University Lecturer (assistant professor)

This is my Cambridge Neuroscience profile.

You can find my old page at Brandeis here.

Research interests
  •  Intrinsic electrical properties of neurons and circuits (experiment and theory)
  • Synaptic transmission and plasticity (experiment and theory)
  • Computational modelling of excitable cells and neuronal networks
  • Systems biology of regulatory control
  • Neuromodulation
  • Statistical modelling data analysis

The big picture
The nervous system of any animal is a remarkable feat of self-organization. From a limited set of instructions, neurons form a complex web of connections and develop intricate electrical signaling properties. Moreover, the nervous system as a whole must somehow balance the need to be fault tolerant and robust with the need to continuously adapt to the environment. These processes of self-organization, continuous maintenance and adaptation are fundamental to nervous system function, but they also somehow result in a high degree of variability in the structure and composition of individual nervous systems – a problem that hinders a mechanistic understanding of how nervous systems work and which has proved a serious obstacle to understanding and treating nervous system disorders.

What are the regulatory principles that allow nervous systems to develop, adapt and repair themselves? How do nervous systems exhibit coherent function in spite of variable underlying structure? What consequences does individual variability have for physiological perturbations, including drugs that target specific nervous system components and diseases caused by loss of a particular gene? These are the central questions of my work.

MMath Mathematics (Warwick 2002)
MRes Informatics (Edinburgh 2005)
PhD Neuroscience/biophysics (Edinburgh 2009)