My academic journey began when I decided to pursue my undergrad at the University of Toronto where I was accepted into the molecular biology program. In my first semester (potentially my first class), I knew that molecular bio was not for me and switched into a dual degree in psychology and neurobiology. This led me to the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where I completed both my Master and PhD in neuroscience both under the supervision of the wonderful Prof. Sophie Schwartz. By utilizing a basic experimental approach, alongside multiple collaborators, and via a variety of projects, we broadly aimed to identify various mechanisms that impact human behaviour. This included studying mainly the reward system (e.g., via reinforcement learning tasks), and social cognition (e.g., social interactions, and social feedback) in healthy participants as well as psychiatric patients with social deficits (i.e., borderline personality disorder).
The skills and broad knowledge base that I developed made me an oddly suitable candidate for what would become my future line of research, investigating the (neural) mechanisms involved in sustainable behaviour. I began my first postdoc with Prof. Tobias Brosch where we developed a series of (large) experiments to investigate the impact of various individual-level mechanisms (e.g., trait affect, psychological core values, etc.) on the neural correlates of reward value and how they interact to influence real-world pro-environmental behaviour. To continue this line of research, I was awarded a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to go to New York University and study with Prof. Jay Van Bavel. We are currently in the process of investigating the impact of group-level mechanisms (e.g., social identity, social norms) on sustainable behaviour.