I’m a PhD student studying neuroscience at UC San Diego, currently researching the functions and measures of neural oscillations in the Voytek lab.

My main passion is in discovering statistical trends in data. In the future, I hope my analytics will serve the public good. But at this stage, my outreach is limited to education and entertainment, so I always try to couple my analyses with open code and data. Some of my projects have included:

  • Burritos in San Diego [1] [2] [3]
  • Poster popularity at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting [1] [2]
  • Currency trading [1] [2]

In addition to those projects, I’m also interested in:

  • Data visualization [Tableau vizs]
  • Writing miscellaneous Python tutorials tangentially related to data analysis [1] [2] [3]
  • Probability and math [1] [2] [3]

Neuroscience research (CV)

  • Oscillation shape. (Cole & Voytek 2017) Currently, almost all frequency analysis approaches implement Fourier techniques. However, this presumes a sinusoidal basis whereas neural oscillations are commonly nonsinusoidal. We are developing methods to extract information from the waveform shape.
  • Parkinson’s Disease. (Cole et al., 2016) This preprint presents an argument that neural activity in the motor cortex of Parkinson’s Disease patients is hypersynchronous.
  • Phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) is a phenomenon in neural electrophysiology in which oscillations at two different frequencies are coupled to one another. Along with post-doc Erik Peterson, we created a library for estimating PAC (Python) (MATLAB)

Neuroscience teaching

Cole, S.R., Steele, T.W.J. Biodegradable elastomers for targeted drug delivery applications. Exclusive Biomaterials Conference, O'Hare Terminal 1, Gate B22, Chicago. April 2013. Keynote. Uninvited Talk.