Carl Schoonover

I am a postdoctoral research scientist in Richard Axel’s laboratory at Columbia University where I work in close collaboration with another postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Andrew Fink. Together, we are investigating the neural mechanisms that underlie unsupervised learning, using the mouse olfactory system as a model. My doctoral work (Ph.D. 2013, Columbia University), performed under the supervision of Randy Bruno, focused on the microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. Before that, I studied logic and analytic philosophy (B.A. 2006, Harvard College; M.A. 2007, ENS/EHESS/Paris 5); during that time I also investigated the molecular mechanisms of synapse development in Josh Sanes’ laboratory. I occasionally teach, most recently a graduate-level course, Topics in Systems Neuroscience (2016).

In parallel to my scientific work, I am committed to promoting the transmission of scientific knowledge to general audiences; in 2008 I cofounded NeuWrite, a working group for scientists and writers, and in 2010 I published a book, Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century.