I earned my PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Washington in June 2018. I’m now the Training and Outreach Specialist at the Allen Institute. I created our education program and resources (available here), and I develop training programs and materials for professional scientists to learn about the Allen Institute’s open resources and how to use them.
My academic training is primarily in neuroscience, with particular focus in human behavioral neuroscience. I also have a background in theater, especially in performance and stage management, as well as in directing.
As a graduate student, I studied how different parts of the brain coordinate and communicate, how those patterns spontaneously shift over time, and how they shift in ways that can specifically be linked to learning a new skill. When I wasn’t in lab, I was the student coordinator for outreach and communication at the CSNE and held a variety of roles in the UW Neuroscience Community Outreach Group.
I’ve been featured in UW and regional publications, including this summary of my outreach efforts, this interview on brain-computer interfaces, this coverage of my October 2017 talk on the science of Frankenstein, this coverage of my research on brain-computer interfaces, and as a volunteer at Pacific Science Center. (Learn more about those Halloween talks here.)