I obtained my M.D. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Francisco as part of the prestigious NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. Prior to that, I studied complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute. I obtained my B.A. in Physics with High Honors from Wesleyan University. I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction. My human neuroscience lab studies neural mechanisms of decision-making that are impaired in addiction and amenable to treatment with neuromodulation. My lab combines invasive and non-invasive methods including intracranial electrophysiology, direct brain stimulation, magnetoencephalography, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Clinically, I am developing a specialty practice in refractory mood and anxiety co-morbid with addiction and chronic pain disorders.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS
- Electrocorticography (ECoG)
- Treatment-resistant depression (TRD)
(for academic support only)
In the Media
- 2023: Featured in this article titled, “Applying noninvasive stimulation to help TBI patients overcome mental fatigue.”
- 2022: Featured in a video titled "Tackling Psychiatric Illness Using Translational Models and Computations", shot as part of the American Psychiatric Association's Conference TV with funding from NeuroPRSMH (NeuroPlasticity Research in Support of Mental Health), the U’s multidisciplinary neuroscience research group.
- 2022: Featured in this article titled, "Department researcher using K23 grant to take a unique approach to learning more about cognitive effort".
- 2022: Featured in this Medical School story about work he is doing to shine some light on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on front-line healthcare workers. He is also getting a lot of attention for sleep research he did in collaboration with a couple of other institutions: "If you do not snooze you lose: sleep seen as essential for the brain", UCLA-led team of scientists discovers why we need sleep.