I have a long-term research interest in the evolution of vocal learning and how this gave rise to music and language in our species. Under this umbrella, I have studied biophysics
, did my PhD
in physics (which included Magnetic Resonance Imaging of fossils
, which may be of interest to archaeologists here), and then went on to investigate music perception
, while my current research is focused on brain morphometry
— comparing folding patterns
between patients and controls, or apes and monkeys.
Besides, I have some undergrad background in maths, medicine and Central Asian as well as East Asian studies, did part of my research in France, South Korea and Japan, worked in a hospital in Yemen, sing Central Asian folk in a band
(see sample tracks on the left), participated in archaeological excavations in Japan and Jordan and visited some sites in Uzbekistan.
Finally, I have been involved in building communities of young researchers at the national, European and global level, I am a frequent contributor to wikis, and I frequently blog
about matters related to Science 2.0
I welcome interactions on any of these or on related topics