Stream: Artificial Intelligence
Since January 2014, Blake has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Biological Sciences (Scarborough) with a cross-appointment to the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. His laboratory explores the neurobiology of learning and memory from a computational perspective, with the ultimate goal of “cracking” the learning algorithms of the brain. In 2016, he became an Associate Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in the Learning in Machines and Brains Program. From October 2011 to December 2013, he was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frankland at SickKids Hospital, where he studied the impact of memory consolidation on statistical learning. From 2007 to 2010, he had a Welcome Trust studentship, and completed his Doctorate at the University of Oxford in the Department of Pharmacology with Dr. Colin Akerman, where he explored visual plasticity in early life. He also did his Master’s at the University of Oxford in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics with Dr. Ole Paulsen, studying voltage bistability in neocortical dendrites. Before his graduate studies, he worked as a programmer and research analyst in magnetic resonance imaging at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Sunnybrook Hospital from 2004-2006. He is originally from Toronto, where he received his Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Toronto in 2004.