My research uses multi-modal neuroimaging to grow our knowledge of the large-scale functional organization of the human brain, and how brain activity and connectivity dynamics relate to ongoing cognition. I am particularly interested in identifying mechanisms underlying the control of brain dynamics, characterizing how regional anatomy and connectivity interact to facilitate functional specialization, and working to integrate knowledge from cognitive and systems neuroscience with emerging insights from complex systems, neuroscience, and computational modeling.
Here are a few of the questions I ask in my current research:
- How does the brain flexibly reconfigure to support different types of cognition and behavior? How and why do individuals differ in their ability to control their thoughts?
- How do features of local anatomy and network connectivity contribute to regional specialization and shape brain function at multiple spatial and temporal scales?
- What is the impact of localized brain damage (e.g. stroke) on brain connectivity and dynamics? How do the consequences of this damage depend on the network properties of the damaged areas?
I am currently funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Prior to that, I was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.