I grew up in Okinawa Island, the southernmost subtropical part of Japan. I then moved to Chicago where I first experienced snow and received my BA in Biological Sciences (with specialization in Neuroscience) from the University of Chicago on 2009. I got addicted to intellectual pursuit at Chicago, and my love for scientific research borne out of my undergraduate years studying amphetamine sensitization in rats with the Vezina lab. After a brief exposure to theoretical ecology in a class, I fell in love with ecology and evolutionary biology, spending 2 years after college in the Bergelson lab and the Dwyer lab.
I began my graduate work at Cornell in 2011. I enjoy collaborative work where I apply theoretical approaches to different systems. Cornell has been an ideal place for fostering these relationships.
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