In January 2023, I started a postdoc position in Humane AI at Leiden University in the Netherlands. From September 2020 I was a Radboud Excellence Initiative Fellow at the Institute for Science in Society, Faculty of Science at Radboud University. In 2016 I won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for my project "Philosophical Foundations of Topological Explanations" (Acronym: TOPEX, GA n°: 703662) which was hosted at the IHPST (CNRS-Sorbonne Pantheon Paris 1).
I have co-edited (with Claus Hilgetag and Marc Tittgemeyer) a theme issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, on the topic of “Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks”. I am also a co-founder (with Kareem Khalifa) of the annual workshop series "Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)" and of "the Dutch Distinguished Lecture Series in Philosophy and Neuroscience".
In the last couple of years, I have been working on a comprehensive account of topological explanations, especially in neuroscience. The topological explanations appeal to topological properties (mathematically quantifiable connectivity patterns) of networks built from functional magnetic resonance imaging data of the brain or predator-prey relationships in ecological networks.
I received my PhD degree in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin. I was a visiting PhD student at King's College London where I worked with Professor David Papineau who was also one of my PhD examiners.
I am a tea and music connoisseur and cycling enthusiast (although I'm more enthusing than riding lately). I have a modest tea collection, which contains some very good vintages of Pu Erhs (1982, 1985, 1986), Da Hong Pao, Grand Cru Gyokuros from Kagoshima and Uji regions in Japan, as well as some single estate Grand Crus (mostly Spring and Summer flushes) from Darjeeling in India and Nepal.
I play guitar and keyboards, and my band KOKHA, which is a musical collaboration with Kareem Khalifa, just released its debut EP "Mental Health".
I also like to cook and travel, if you are interested, check out my Instagram.