Hi – I’m Tomás!
I am a PhD candidate in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology and a visiting graduate student at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. My research interests include curiosity, decision making, reinforcement learning, and human electrophysiology. Under the supervision of Profs. John O’Doherty and Ueli Rutishauser, I’m currently studying the electrophysiology of exploration, Pavlovian conditioning, and value learning in epilepsy patients implanted with depth electrodes.
I grew up in Brazil before coming to the US. During that time I got my background in Physics and Molecular Sciences at the University of São Paulo and had the opportunity to get in touch with neuroscience by working with theoretical models of time perception with Profs. Marcelo Reyes and Raphael de Camargo at UFABC.
My other interests include teaching, history, music, visual arts, soccer, and growing tomatoes 🍅.
Please take a look at my research and feel free to get in touch!