Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CCNS welcomes two new faculty members: Brewer and Krichmar

CCNS welcomes new members, Alyssa Brewer and Jeffrey Krichmar!

Alyssa BrewerAlyssa Brewer
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Sciences

Brewer is a visual neuroscientist who focuses on the use of brain imaging and behavioral research to gain a better understanding of the organization and functions of the brain related to eyesight. Her research has been widely published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Brewer attended Stanford University where she received a B.A in comparative literature, a B.S. in biological science, a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and most recently, an M.D. from the School of Medicine at Stanford. She has spent the last two years working as a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford while finishing her M.D.

Jeffrey KrichmarJeffrey Krichmar
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Sciences

Krichmar is a computational neuroscientist whose research interests include biologically plausible models of learning and memory, the effect of neural architecture on neural function, and testing theories of the nervous system with brain-based devices that interact with the environment. Specifically, his work includes the building of robots with simulated nervous systems in order to test theoretical models of brain functions.

He received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. in computer science from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in computational sciences and informatics from George Mason University, after which he spent 15 years as a software engineer on projects ranging from the PATRIOT Missile System at the Raytheon Corporation to Air Traffic Control for the Federal Systems Division of IBM. He later became an assistant professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. Most recently, he was a senior research fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego.

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