I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Neurobiology at The University of Chicago, where I research Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the cerebellum. My dissertation research seeks to find and explain abnormalities in communication between neurons in autistic brains. Specifically, I am interested in exploring delays in developmental pruning of extra synaptic connections in the autistic cerebellum. My interest in science-art connections stems from lifelong passion for the fine arts including ballet, music, and visual arts, and also from an enthusiasm for sharing the beauty of the cerebellum. The cerebellum contains complexly branched neurons, called Purkinje cells. Purkinje cell dendrites closely resemble the structure of tree branches and river tributaries. In The Bridge residency program, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to investigate similar microscopic and macroscopic structures and patterns that are often found in nature.
I create mixed media paintings and collages, prints, interactive installations, videos, drawings, computer games, and sculptures. My artwork is inspired by concepts of virality, biology, networks, group dynamics, and social trends that connect us all. I earned a BFA in Studio Arts from the Roski School of Art and Design with dual minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of Southern California, in 2013. My work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the International Print Center New York Gallery, New York, NY, Christie’s New York Salesroom at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, Jonathan Ferarra Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and Con Artist Gallery, New York, NY. My art is on permanent display in the USC Art and Trojan Traditions Collection and Kala Art Institute Collection, and was also aboard the Blue Origin’s New Shepard’s space system. I am a teacher at Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, and my current research and art projects are presented in a TEDxTrousdale talk “What is our Role within a Networked Society?” which examines the ways that interconnectivity transforms communities and contributes to our happiness.