Alexander Belsten

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PhD Student

Vision Science

Olshausen Lab

Current Research

My current research explores retinal processing from an efficient coding perspective and subsequent inference performed by visual cortex.


I grew up in a hamlet of Deerpark, New York, called Cuddebackville and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for my undergraduate degree in computer and systems engineering. In 2018, I was introduced to neuroscientific research at the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies under the supervision of Dr. Peter Brunner. At NCAN, I had the privilege to develop new ways to interrogate the brain with brain computer interfaces and the latest intracranial and extracranial electrophysiological recording and stimulating hardware. My interest in the brain, computing, and mathematics led me to the multidisciplinary Redwood Center. In my free time, I like to explore the world, whether that be on bike or foot. I sometimes make small chairs too.