The Science of Learning Institute includes a broad network of scientists, practitioners, and educators with expertise spanning basic and applied sciences.
I am interested in the the roles of long noncoding RNAs on neural cell fate decisions and the application of single cell RNA-Sequencing to elucidate the developmental hierarchies during neuronal specification.
My research focused on the role of brain capillaries in the formation of the blood brain barrier and the mechanisms of capillary injury in toxic brain disorders.
I am interested in learning, communication, and cognition in autism, Alzheimer’s disease, head injury, pure amnesias, and other acquired and developmental brain disorders.
I am interested in a variety of philosophical and foundational issues that arise in the study of the mind/brain.
I am interested in the neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory in older adults.
My research spans applications of computing to medicine with an emphasis on imaging and robotics, and their use to augment human capabilities in medicine. In the last 12 years, I have developed and led several projects related to computer-enhanced surgery.
I am interested in language acquisition and the possibility that logical deductive inference my play a role in the learning of new words. I also study the organization of attention, working memory, and the connection of mind to world.
I am interested in enhancing educational practices through techniques that foster innovation and creative problem-solving for all students.
I am interested in the use of mentorship to facilitate learning outcomes and professional development, education in health professions education, assessment and accountability in ensuring learning outcomes, and faculty development in higher education.
I am interested in the role of melanopsin cells in regulating mammalian physiology.