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When not running around outdoors, Dan investigates the functional composition and downstream uses of a ring attractor in the central fly brain. The ring attractor acts as a compass, tracking the fly's heading, and the fly appears to use it to navigate. Dan grew up in CT, and stayed for college, obtaining his BS from Yale with a double major in applied physics and electrical engineering. He then took a 5 year foray into solar cell research for his PhD in applied physics at Caltech before falling hard for systems neuroscience and coming to Janelia.
B.S. Yale University, New Haven (2008)
PhD, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2013)