Aamir completed his PhD in 2019 at Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (Neuro-PSI) affiliated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and University of Paris. His thesis research involved development of a closed-loop intracortical brain-machine interface (BMI) setup by combining electrophysiology for motor readout and optogenetics for somatosensory feedback. He used the BMI setup to show a causal role of somatosensory cortical maps in neuroprosthetic learning. His current project looks at the interplay between cerebello-cortical mechanisms of neuroprosthetic learning.
Pierson graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in computational cognitive science in December 2018. His interest in artificial intelligence led him to pursue cognitive modeling. For his thesis project, he developed a model of rule-set learning and selection. He is currently investigating neural and computational basis of motor skill consolidation in the motor cortex and the cerebellum.
I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor of science in biochemistry-molecular biology. I am interested in using advanced systems neuroscience techniques to understand the neural basis of motor behavior in model organisms. Ultimately, I aspire to attend medical school, so I can then be able to apply systems neuroscience to improve the quality of medicine.
I am an undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Neuroscience. My current goals are to gain training in the area of systems and behavioral neuroscience. My career aspirations are to go to medical school, as well as do research in neurodegenerative diseases.