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ABOUT TIM

I grew up all over the eastern half of the United States and now reside in Cambridge, Mass, in a tree house with merely adequate broadband service. In the now distant past, I studied engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and after graduation worked in industry developing machine vision and robotic guidance and control systems. Perhaps improbably (or not), working alone late into the night trying to get machines to reliably perform the simplest tasks got me thinking deeply about perception, reason-giving, action, and how exactly it is that we humans make this all look so easy. Soon I was back in school working on these sort of problems -- first at Georgia State University and later at Tufts University, where my work focused on the relationship between of evidence, observation, and intervention in scientific discovery. After several years of some pretty abstract work (if we're all being totally honest about it), I longed to return to empirical research. First as a research assistant and later as a doctoral candidate in neuroscience, I attempted to develop mechanistic descriptions of how complex behaviors could be learned and implemented by interconnected populations of neurons.

 

In the now unfolding act of this very long play, I'm a Principal Investigator at Boston University where I'm developing methods for 3D-printing implantable devices to probe and manipulate the nervous system's interactions with the tissues and organs of the body in an effort to identify new therapies for chronic diseases.

 

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, mastering the direct transition from coffee to booze, monitoring the collapse of American civil society, and patiently awaiting new episodes of Seinfeld. Oh... and kicking it with Nicole.

Education:

Ph.D. in Neuroscience | Harvard University

Small Animal Surgical Technique | Newcastle University

M.S. in Philosophy | Tufts University

B.A. in Philosophy | Georgia State University

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering | Georgia Tech

Fun Facts:

  • I don't think the Big Bang Theory is funny. Yes, I have heard that Mayim Bialik studied neuroscience, but that doesn't change anything. It's still not funny. At all.

  • Neither is Friends. I am willing to fight on this point.

  • As a young child, I was obsessed with animal dissection -- fortunately it turned out to be an indication of budding scientific curiosity and not emerging sociopathy.

  • Preferred mash hierarchy: rye > corn > potato > rice

  • Turn ons: isolated units, well-commented code, meetings with free coffee

  • Turn offs: physical contact with sand, Huron Click protocol management software

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