Heather Dean

2012-2014 Health, Education & Human Services fellow assigned to NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Inspired by her father, an electrical engineer, Heather went to Caltech to study engineering. Like him, she was interested in neutral networks and was quickly enticed by the program in computation and neutral systems. After completing a research project studying the circuitry underlying insect olfaction, she earned her Master’s degree in CNS along with her undergraduate electrical engineering degree. She went on to pursue a Ph.D. in neurobiology at Duke University, using electrophysiology to study spatial representations in the monkey brain. Heather then built on that training in a postdoc at New York University studying the neutral basis of hand-eye coordination. In her free time, Heather enjoys exploring the food and theater options in New York City and traveling abroad.