Ai Phuong Tong

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Ai Phuong Tong

NIH Oxford-Cambridge PhD scholar

Ai Phuong is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Oxford PhD scholar and MD candidate at the University of Washington. During her MD, she studied the human brain at rest using large-scale intracranial EEG (iEEG) recordings in humans. Through a research year with Dr. Kareem Zaghloul at the NIH, Ai Phuong became interested in understanding how local computations of single neurons and ensembles of neurons relate to and modulate neural activity in distributed brain regions recorded with iEEG.

Ai Phuong will continue her research with Dr. Kareem Zaghloul at the NIH, Prof. Huiling Tan at the Unit, and Prof. Mark Woolrich at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity. She joined the Unit in 2020 to study basal ganglia circuits and methods to modulate these circuits in patients with Parkinson’s disease using adaptive deep brain stimulation. She will also explore reinforcement learning models to study brain dynamics during decision making.