Spencer was born and raised in Moultrie, GA. He studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT where he received a Marshall Scholarship for two years of study in the UK. On the Marshall, Spencer earned an MPhil in Engineering from the University of Cambridge for his work on theoretical origami, and an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London for his work on the control theory of random geometric networks.
Spencer spent a year working with Dr. Kelly Clancy in Professor Mrsic-Flogel’s group at the SWC on wide-field imaging methods and subsequently accepted a PhD position at the Centre. Spencer plans to use theoretical and experimental methods during his PhD to explore the nature of control in neural computations. In addition to research, Spencer has a keen interest in philosophy, poetry, bicycles, science communication, and esoterica (in no particular order).