I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of the International Brain Lab. Prior to starting my own lab, I completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University studying visual attention with Dr. Tirin Moore and Dr. Kwabena Boahen. As a postdoc, I worked on Neuropixels probe development and distributed coding in the mouse brain at University College London with Dr. Kenneth Harris and Dr. Matteo Carandini.
My lab focuses on understanding the neural circuits and systems that underlie perception and cognition across the brain. They approach these problems with a combination of large-scale electrophysiology with Neuropixels probes, calcium imaging across neocortical areas, and systematic optogenetic manipulations, all in combination with sophisticated behavioral tasks for mice. Dr. Steinmetz’s work has been recognized with the Pew Biomedical Scholar award, the Klingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience, and an NSF CAREER award.