Bio: I did my PhD work with Pat Goldman-Rakic at Yale investigating the neural mechanisms of working memory in primate prefrontal cortical networks. We used a relatively simple oculomotor delayed response task that nonetheless tapped into a core function of prefrontal cortex, the ability to buffer information in working memory and utilize that information to direct behavior. We found a remarkable similarity in the neurophysiological signals generated by prefrontal and parietal neurons, a finding somewhat at odds with the different functions often attributed to these cortical areas, but that most likely reflected physiological interaction between neurons in these areas during behavior. I did my postdoc in the lab of Apostolos Georgopoulos at the University of Minnesota using electrode array recordings to investigate the neural mechanisms of spatial cognition in primate prefrontal and parietal cortex. Several of these experiments were inspired by the work of Earl Miller who had shown that prefrontal neurons were capable of encoding information abstracted from sensorimotor control to guide intelligent behavior. I was hired as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and was promoted to Full Professor this past year.