Sam Rodriques is a PhD candidate in physics at MIT, working with Ed Boyden in the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the MIT Media Lab. He is developing the tools necessary to interrogate directly the patterns of neural connections and activity, which are found within the brain. Ultimately, these tools promise to develop into powerful treatments for some of the worlds most debilitating neurological diseases, and to yield deep insights into the nature of emotion, creativity, and the other cognitive and social processes that are so central to human nature. Outside of his primary research interests, he also has done theoretical work on a wide variety of subjects ranging from the mathematical foundations of music to the numerical algorithms necessary to calculate quantum entanglement in complex open systems. These days, his main side project concerns the mathematical foundations of probability theory and of correlation.
Sam received his undergraduate degree in physics from Haverford College, Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate, he studied applied mathematics and theoretical physics for a year as a visiting student at Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge (Part III of the Mathematics tripos). After completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to the University of Cambridge (Churchill College) as a Churchill scholar to study computational neuroscience in the Computational and Biological Learning Group.