I did my graduate work in theoretical nuclear physics at the NSCL (Michigan State University). My research focused on relativistic heavy ion collisions like the ones generated in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island. For my postdoc I received a Sloan-Swartz Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Neurobiology from the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology at the University of California, San Francisco. I first worked with Prof. Philip Sabes on modeling and experimental studies of the trial-by-trial dynamics of sensorimotor adaptation in reaching. Later, I joined the lab of Prof. Loren Frank to work on modeling hippocampal function and developing adaptive filtering algorithms for analyzing the dynamics of neural activity. Since January 2010, I have been leading my own group at the Ruhr-University Bochum to study learning and memory in the brain with computational methods.