Occasionally, people ask me to talk about my work or my ideas. Below are some selected clips of me doing that.

Interview with  Neurotransmissions 

Discussion with Joe from Max Planck Florida's Neurotransmissions Podcast about thalamic-cortical circuits, outreach, and our responsibility for science advocacy.

Fireside chat with Simply Neuroscience

Discussion with Simply Neuroscience and their audience of undergrads and grads about science policy, outreach, and navigating graduate school. Special shoutout to VSK, the high school junior from India who moderated the chat.

Podcast on the postdoc transition

Interviewed with Dr. Kaela S. Singleton for PhD Balance's podcast on the topic of preparing for and navigating the transition to a postdoctoral position from graduate school. This is the video recording of that podcast.

Defense of doctoral dissertation.

On May 11th, 2021,  I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation. The public portion of the defense was both in-person and broadcast on Zoom, with a total of  ~130 attendees. The title of the talk was "The structure, circuitry, and development of the ventral lateral geniculate nucleus."

Re-envisioning Postdoctoral Training in Neuroscience.

The vision and approach for postdoctoral training has evolved over the years. Originally viewed as a few years of apprenticeship and an opportunity to establish skills and develop ideas in preparation for an independent research career, postdoc training has progressed to a state of limbo for some postdoctoral researchers, with longer training durations; uncertain career prospects; and variability in the training, mentoring, and professional status across the neuroscience ecosystem. I was invited by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to speak on how we can evolve and modernize postdoctoral training.

Selecting your postdoctoral position.

An excerpt selected by the NASEM from the panel in the video above, where I discuss some of the decision-making factors to consider when choosing where to pursue postdoctoral research. (Featuring my covid19 pandemic hair and mustache).

Scientists discover cellular structure of poorly understood visual brain region.

The brain’s ventral lateral geniculate nucleus (vLGN) receives signals from the eye, but it is not associated with classical image-forming. For decades little was known about this brain region’s cellular structure and purpose. In a new study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC neuroscientists reveal newly identified brain cell subtypes unique to this region that form a striking layered formation.

A look into a black box in the brain.

Video feature of our work mapping the cells and networks in a part of the brain known as the visual thalamus. We use custom viruses and RNA sequencing at the resolution of single cells to shed light on this unknown visual center of the brain. 

Live remote interview with Virginia Tech President

During his annual State of the University address in 2019, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands interviewed me about some of the studies I've been working on as a neuroscientist at one of Virginia Tech's satellite campus. The interview went great, but I just want to note that he did not pronounce my name correctly. The correct pronunciation can be found in my bio.