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Thomas Pearce, MD, PhD (Washington University in St. Louis, expected 2014)
- My scientific interests are centered around understanding how the brain processes information, particularly during behaviors critical to every-day life such as learning, memory, and control of movement. For my research years during residency (through the PIRRT program) and neuropathology fellowship training, I am excited to working in the laboratory of Rob Turner, studying the cortico-thalamo-basal ganglia circuit in a primate model of Parkinsonism.
- Clinically, I find the diagnostic process of Pathology interesting; and given my love of the brain, I am unsurprisingly planning to specialize further with a fellowship in Neuropathology.
- Outside of the lab/hospital, I love outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golf, tennis, and team sports of all varieties. I also enjoy brewing beer, cooking, and computer programming. Walking through Squirrel Hill to try all the excellent restaurants is another favorite activity.