Hi, I'm Mike, a Computational Data Science and Engineering Ph.D student at the University at Buffalo. I have a strong background in pure mathematics and a passion for data driven research. Besides my academic interests I enjoy outdoor activites like hiking, snowboarding and biking. I also have a life long love and appreciation for music and global empathy.
My interests include network theory, topological data analysis, image analysis and functional neuroscience, My thesis work is in multilayer network theory with applications to functional neural networks and applied topology for image and data analysis. I am interested in detecting small temporally defined clusters of neurons which drive or inhibit brain state. One main challenge of neuro-functional clustering is that neuron firing patterns can change over time and especially with brain state. Detecting these time/state dependent functional neuron assemblies is a main thrust of my thesis.
I have been an active member of the University at Buffalo mathematics department for the last 3 years. My positions have included Mathematics Graduate Student Association (Math GSA) President and Vice President. I am also the founder and organizer of the Math Department Graduate Lecture Series.
RootMath.org is a website I built in 2010 to teach basic college mathematics. Since then it has grown and my materials are being used in high school and college classes around the world.