The primate visual cortical system
Figure taken from Wallisch & Movshon (2008) 
Adapted from Maunsell; Felleman & Van Essen (1991)

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Horwitz Lab and the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington. I study the neural basis of primate vision – how neurons represent the visual world and mediate perception. This tremendous feat of biology is implemented by a collection of interconnected areas of the cerebral cortex and a variety of neuronal types. This neural circuit, its nodes and its codes, are the focus of my research. I am particularly interested in how neurons at higher stages of cortical processing acquire a preference for visual shape information. To investigate these processes in new ways, I am currently developing genetic techniques for the functional dissection and interrogation of specific circuit components in primate.