PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering, The City College of New York (2015-Present)
I am interested in using trans-cranial electrical stimulation to improve learning and memory in the hippocampus and cortex. Remarkably, applying a small amount of electric current to the whole brain has lead to improvements in performance on a variety of learning tasks, from remembering some new vocabulary words (Fiori et al. 2011) to detecting threats in a virtual world (Clark et al. 2012). Understanding why this works, and how we can make it work optimally, has tremendous potential to transform the treatment of brain disorders. To this end, I use electrophysiology and computational models to study how stimulation can alter synaptic plasticity, a fundamental mechanism for learning in the brain (Kronberg et al.2017). These models can to help to design brain stimulation protocols that optimize synaptic plasticity for improved learning.