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ESP Biography

BIAFRA AHANONU, Neuroscientist out to conquer space πŸ§ πŸš€πŸ‘¨β€πŸš€

Major: Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

BSc from MIT, PhD from Stanford.

I attended MIT, majoring in Biology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. While there I worked on a variety of projects such as intertemporal discounting in humans, odor chemotaxis and virtual reality in Drosophila, and DNA damage in neurons at MIT and Janelia Farm and abroad in Switzerland, Spain, Mexico, and Singapore.

I recently completed my PhD in Biology at Stanford in Mark Schnitzer's lab. I study how neural circuits function normally and during disease and develop computational tools for calcium imaging analysis.

Originally from Arizona, I play tennis/sports, write on my website, and love everything neuroscience- and space-related.

Past Classes

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B7223: Biologist love math too! Mental math and the Origin of Life in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
How many bacteria can fit inside a single human cell? How fast can DNA replicate? How likely is it that random chemical processes led to the development of life? In this fun, interactive lecture, we will give students an intuition for orders of magnitude in biology. We will then apply this mental toolkit to the most interesting question in science: the origin of life and of species. Students will have a chance to think fast! and apply what they learned in several β€œGuess that (size/speed/number)!” quiz games with prizes.