Originally from Irvine, CA, I completed my BS in Psychobiology at UCLA, where I studied the neural mechanisms of emotion regulation. At Cambridge, I am exploring the neural mechanisms of human motivation and decision making under the supervision of Prof Trevor Robbins in the Department of Experimental Psychology. In particular, I’m investigating how the neuromodulator serotonin influences decision making in social contexts. Following my PhD, I plan to conduct postdoctoral research on the neural mechanisms of prosocial behaviour. Ultimately I hope to direct my own research centre and advise policy makers on human behavior.
I am a biological anthropologist interested in the evolutionary context of chronic disease and the biosocial relationships between grandmothers, mothers, and children.