I am BU Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez! I study how to manipulate, incept, and erase memories in the brain. Ask me anything about how memory works and the benefits of memory manipulation for treating anxiety, depression & PTSD!
Hellooo reddits! I'm Steve Ramirez Ph. D, Director of The Ramirez Group (http://theramirezgroup.org/research), Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Boston University, and faculty member at the BU Center for Memory & Brain and Center for Systems Neuroscience. I study how memory works and then how to hijack it to treat disorders of the brain. My lab's work focuses on how to suppress bad memories, how to activate good ones, and how to create "maps" of what memories look like in the brain. I also LOVE inception and cat gifs. At the same time, my lab also tries to locate memory traces in the mouse brain and we are currently exploring how to reactivate these traces and implant false ones as well. My hope is that my lab's work can inform how patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression are treated.
PROOF THAT I EXIST! https://twitter.com/okaysteve/status/1101121214876184576.
the lab's instagram bc instaYES: https://www.instagram.com/2fos2furious
I'm crazy grateful to have received a NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, a McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders award, and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. I'm a National Geographic Breakthrough Explorer and a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient (I'd like to thank my mom... my dad...), and my work has been published in Nature, Science, Neuron, and Frontiers in Neural Circuits, among other publications. You can also see my TED Talk here discussing my memory research and implications, which was probably the most stressful and exciting day of my life: https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_ramirez_and_xu_liu_a_mouse_a_laser_beam_a_manipulated_memory
It's good to be back reddit -- last time as a poor grad student, and now as a poor professor! so ask me anything about neuroscience in general or memory in particular! LETS GO!
EDIT: alright reddits, my keyboard currently is up in smoke and my fingers fell off a few minutes ago, so I have to logoff for an hour and go stuff my face with thai noodles (poor professor status: confirmed) for a bit. please leave any and all questions and ill get back to as many of them as possible, and ya'll are AMAZING slash I hope to be back soon for another round of inception, careers in science, and ethics of memory manipulation! #BLESSUP