Tommy Blanchard researches the neural mechanisms of decision-making and prefrontal cortex function, using neuroimaging and single-unit recording. He earned his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Harvard University.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Integrative Neuroscience
Kathleen received her B.S. with Honors in Neuroscience and a B.A. in History at Brown University. At MIT, she studied learning and memory mechanisms in the visual cortex in Mark Bears laboratory and earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She joined Vikaas Sohals laboratory at UCSF as a postdoctoral fellow, to study the mechanisms of functional circuits in the context of mental illness.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Samuel Gershman is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work focuses on computational models of learning and memory, and he is interested in the extent to which we can understand the brain as performing statistical inference.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Institut fur Anglistik
Achilleas Kostoulas is an early-career academic currently working toward the completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, UK. His research uses a complexity lens to describe English Language Education at the periphery of the English speaking world, with a particular focus on issues of power, hegemony, and culturally appropriate methodology. He has an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Manchester, UK) and a B.A. in English Studies (Athens, Greece).
Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Stephanie Morain is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. She conducts both empirical and normative research into issues at the intersection of ethics, law, and health policy. Her work examines political and ethical issues concerning the scope of government authority in public health and the role of stakeholder opinion in shaping decision-making in public health policy. Dr. Morain received a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a concentration in Ethics from Harvard University and an M.P.H. from the Program in the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed her postdoctoral training as a Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Berman Institute for Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.
Trygve Throntveit received his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2008, where he later served as lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History. Dr. Throntveit is currently a fellow in U.S. foreign policy and international security at the Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College. He is the author of several book chapters and articles in American political and intellectual history and the history of the U.S. role in international affairs. His book-in-progress, entitled Power without Victory: Woodrow Wilson and the American Internationalist Experiment, will be published by the University of Chicago Press.
Alex Thurston holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Northwestern University in the Islam in Africa track. His dissertation focuses on Islamic scholars and activists in postcolonial Northern Nigeria. Other research interests include the intersection of Islam and politics in the Sahel region, ties between Africa and the Arab world, and American foreign policy toward Africa. Thurston holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal in 2006 to 2007. He writes about politics and religion in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on his Sahel Blog and has contributed to Foreign Policy, The American Interest, World Politics Review, and the Christian Science Monitor website.
After a plant-centric introduction to biology, Sarah Weil became interested in molecular and cellular biology and earned a PhD from Columbia Universitys Biological Sciences Program. She now works as a medical writer.