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Throughout my career I have worked at the intersection of the science of learning and education. As an academic, I study the cellular and circuit properties of small brains to understand and distinguish various types of learning and memory mechanisms. Currently, I am a full-time Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego, a Research Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Brain Research Center at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Previously I was a Research Scientist at the Max-Plank-Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany and a tenured Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
For several years I directed sponsored research programs at the National Science Foundation, including serving as the Technical Coordinator of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (NSF Science of Learning Center). In this capacity I worked to support the development of theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge of learning principles, to understand their processes and their constraints in linking research with specific scientific, technological, educational and workforce needs.
Moving to San Diego in 2010, I joined Dart NeuroScience LLC where I directed memory drug target discovery programs. I have served as Chief Science Officer at Acrovirt LLC, a biotechnology company integrating neural and behavioral responses to novel stimuli in animals and humans for biomedical, military and commercial applications. In conjunction with a startup that I founded in 2018 mnemOdyssey LLC (memory and genomic assessment and training tools for personal, biomedical, educational and workforce markets) I also use a cloud-based platform and genomics tools to characterize human memory diversity on a global scale, aiming to identify causal factors of memory deficits associated with aging and disease states. Join the 50K citizen scientist participants from 204 countries – take the Extreme Memory Challenge®
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