Sooner or later, at some point we all begin to reflect on the nature of our existence, about the purpose of our lives. What makes us do the things we do? What makes us dream? Why do we sleep? What happens in our brain when we fall in love, when we forget, when we make a decision, choose something over another? How do non-human animals perceive their existence; and how is that different from how we perceive our own? Why does that matter?
It’s quite apparent that most major discoveries in recent human history that have dramatically advanced human condition and expanded on our understanding of our very existence in the cosmos have their origins in systematic and careful scientific observation and experimentation. Furthermore, all animals eat, mate and die. What differentiates us, as humans, is our unique positioning in an age of certain technological maturity where, as a function of our cognitive capacities and faculties of reasoning, we can reasonably hope to discern and discover some truths about the nature of our own existence and that of the universe – a possibility that is distinctly, if not uniquely, human. Consequently, in the absence of an inherent, a priori purpose, the pursuit of knowledge appears central to a quasi-objective optimization strategy for our lives.
Consequently, I have broad ranging interests in the the natural world including, but not limited to, origin and evolution of life, and mechanistic underpinnings of cognition, complex behaviors, development, aging etc. I am intrigued by the decision-rules that make life possible in all its forms and complexities.
My Ph.D. addresses epigenetic and neural correlates of contextual plasticity in decision-making (More: Scientific Research). Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Lockwood Lab at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT where I am investigating early embryonic development under abiotic stress, trans-generational inheritance, and inter-species conflict.
I am always looking for new, intellectually stimulating opportunities and collaborating with people with exciting ideas. I strongly support efforts in translating scientific ideas, knowledge and progress in tangible ways for relevant societal progress. If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out through this contact form
Finally, there’s a blog for occasional lighthearted banter: Reflections