I studied physics at UChicago for undergrad. A summer REU studying granular materials at UChile my sophomore year got me interested in soft condensed matter physics. The rest of my undergraduate research focused on studying phase transitions and dynamics in colloidal systems. By the time I came to grad school I was more interested in studying complex systems than anything I had encountered in the traditional physics canon. And, because the brain is the most interesting complex system (to me), I decided to join the Redwood Center.