I was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1978. I spent several years in Germany, and one year in Boston before we settled in Berkeley, CA where I attended the Head Royce School located in the Oakland hills. After High School, I attended Cornell University and double majored in Computer Science and Neurobiology with a concentration in Cognitive Science. I received a Masters of Engendering in Computer Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Numerical Analysis at Cornell. After this I spent some time at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany. I also spent time at the Riken Brain-Science Institute in Japan as well as the Salk Institute in La Jolla California.
I am currently enrolled at the California Institute of Technology in the interdisciplinary program Computation and Neural Systems. My PhD research at Caltech is taking place in the Vision Laboratory under the guidance of Prof. Pietro Perona. I have explored probabilistic modeling, kernel methods, and in particular the difference between discriminative and generative learning. Currently I am also using these same techniques to analyze and interpret medical images.