I am a researcher at the University Bordeaux Montaigne. From 2016 until 2018, I was the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the IHPST (CNRS-Sorbonne Pantheon Paris 1) working on my project "Philosophical Foundations of Topological Explanations" (Acronym: TOPEX, GA n°: 703662).
I am currently co-editing (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)", whose innauguration took place on 5-6 February 2019 in Bordeaux (France). The second SURe meeting is taking place on 12-14 March 2020 in Atlanta, GA (USA).
The overarching theme of my research is understanding the scientific explanation. In the last couple of years, I have been working on a comprehensive account of topological explanations, especially in neuroscience. The term “topological” in this context is used in strictly graph theoretical sense, because these explanations describe how the facts about empirical properties of a system counterfactually depend on mathematical properties of connectivity patterns in complex networks. Work on topological explanations has led me to a larger, more normative issue of any successful explanation. I am currently developing a set of epistemic norms that can be universally applied to both causal and non-causal explanations.
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 ridng lately). I have a modest tea collection, which contains some high quality Pu Erhs (both raw and mature), Da Hong Pao, Grand Cru Gyokuros from Kagoshima and Uji regions in Japan, as well as some Grand Crus (mostly Spring and Summer flushes) from Darjeeling in India and Nepal.
I play guitar and the keyboards, you can check out some of my musical sketches on soundcloud. I played in several punk-rock and avant-garde bands when I was a teenager and in my early 20'.
I also like to cook and travel, if you are interested check out my Instagram.