Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Research and teaching
My laboratory utilizes a wide array of computational and experimental techniques to study how the brain uses past experience to make good choices. My overarching aim is to synthesize a coherent theory for role of the neuromodulator dopamine in learning, attention, and memory formation, and how dysfunction of these processes contribute to mental illnesses such as addiction and schizophrenia. The lab’s current focus is to use modern technologies for recording and manipulating large-scale neural activity to study how molecular actions of dopamine receptors affect brain dynamics to influence behaviour.