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I'm a grad student at U of T, where I study the mechanisms through which neurons can alter their structure in order to accommodate new memories. Right now, I'm counting the number of cells that form the 'engram', or memory trace, in a mouse model of learning. My hypothesis is that, in the lateral amygdala, memories are stored in the same number of neuron regardless of memory strength.
Grad school is hard, and it's pretty much all science all the time for me. But when I'm not studying neuroplasticity, I enjoy making music and beer. I can play ukulele like a goddamn riot, sing like an angel, and knock your socks off with a fine hand-crafted gose.
I'd call myself a Secular Buddhist. I practice meditation and keep the three characteristics (unsatisfactoriness, impermanence, and selflessness), in mind. However, I have a hard time believing things that can't be proven true through science or experienced directly.
Right now I'm trying to reignite my meditation habit. Starting a new life in a different city has really shaken up my routine, but I find that I still retain a lot of the ability to concentrate my mind that I developed on retreat.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I try to be a gracious, low-impact, guest and give back in entertainment and knowledge what I receive in hospitality.
After many good experiences at CS meetups, and finding somewhat of a home in the Toronto CS community, I look forward to organizing/attending more CS events in the future.
I travelled to Colorado for the Buddhist Geeks conference and stayed with some awesome, rootsy, beer drinking types. Surfed in San Diego for the Society for Neuroscience Conference, where I stayed with one of the most well-groomed and organized scientists I've ever met and got to know his immense Dalmatian. Then, I couch surfed my across the country from Washington to Ontario, making friends in Missoula, Bozeman, Luverne, Madison, and Detroit.
visited 26 states (52%)
Brewing, podcasts, music, the outdoors (hiking, skiing, rock-climbing, canoeing), film, books video games
Music, Movies, and Books
On the Move (Oliver Sacks' Autobiography), John Steinbeck, W. Somerset Maugham, Exploring Consciousness by Rita Carter (read this book if you like brain science but don't study it for a living!)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
When I was 16 years old me and my family were flying home from Puerto Vallarta to Seattle. Our takeoff was delayed until 10pm, causing most of the other passengers to change flights. As we reached cruising altitude, I stretched out across the seats and saw the glimmer of the Northen Lights in distance. At that same moment, Time of the Season by the Zombies started playing in the cabin. I couldn't stop laughing at how god damn perfect it all was.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United States