Biological Science at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
I completed my B.Sc. in Psychology at University of California, San Diego, where I trained across diverse labs within psychology and neuroscience. After graduating a year early, I joined Stanford University as a research assistant in the departments of Psychology & Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I explored how neural systems and personal traits are involved in the formation of social networks, as well as how neural mechanisms underlying self-regulation of emotion and cognition may predict positive lifestyle and mood-related changes in depression and obesity. At the University of Cambridge, I aim to conduct research on the effectiveness of down-regulating negative emotions in stressful real-world contexts, and elucidate further on neurobiological models of emotion regulation across both healthy and vulnerable populations. My goal is to advance our understanding on the complexities of managing our emotions and address ways to improve emotional and mental health. Ultimately, my ambition is to pursue an academic career within the growing field of social and affective neuroscience by leading my own laboratory and continuing to drive translational and applied research.