Lots of folks enter the field of theoretical neuroscience from a quantitative field, like physics or computer science, and aim to bring the tools of their original discipline to bear on problems from biology and psychology. I took the road less traveled: I started out in psychology and biology, and came to theoretical neuroscience to pick up the quantitative tools I saw as necessary to answer the questions I was asking.
At the University of Chicago, I worked in the lab of Harriet de Wit on human behavioral and physiological responses to the recreational drug MDMA and in the lab of Jason MacLean on the perinatal development of neural circuit activity. These experiences continue to inform my perspective on the brain as an embodied piece of biological hardware whose principles and purposes are best understood at a computational and psychological level.
Outside of work, I write a blog, Tangent Space, that covers mainly topics in probability and statistics, with a didactic bent and a conversational style. I also have a passionate, but amateur, interest in medieval history, particularly of subaltern and interstitial groups, from heretics to itinerant shepherds. I am also a Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master and occasional house DJ.