Jai Bhagat

Data Scientist

I'm interested in understanding and creating intelligent systems — systems that generate goal-directed output from received and intrinsic input. Using animal nervous systems and artificial neural networks as models, I create and test theories that explain intelligent behavior. To aid this research, I also develop software, hardware, analyses, and experiment protocols to improve the collection and analysis of relevant data.

I graduated from Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA, USA, and Boston University in Boston, MA, USA with a major in Neuroscience. I worked with Carmen Varela in the lab of Matt Wilson at MIT from 2016-2018 as a Technical Associate, where I sought to understand the role of the thalamus in spatial navigations tasks in rats. I also improved fabrication of microdrive arrays for recording from the brain, and  created deep and unsupervised learning tools for neural event detection and classification. I worked in the lab of Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris at UCL from 2018-2020 as a Software Developer, where I developed a complete experiment control software toolbox (Rigbox) for running behavioral neuroscience experiments and managing experiment-related data. I also developed neural data acquisition and analysis pipelines for the International Brain Lab, and contributed to the Neuropixels / Neuropixels 2 project.