Westley did his PhD in neuroscience in the lab of Mark Mayford where they used genetically-encoded markers to visualize memory-related neural ensembles. His project focused on the impact of aging on the ability to reactivate neurons during memory recall.
During his PhD, he volunteered with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego as co-chair for the Rise Above Plastics committee and an Executive Committee member, where he focused on private and legislative efforts to reduce single-use plastic consumption in San Diego (he gives you permission to scold him if you ever see him eating with single-use plastics).
Westley is passionate about innovation, volunteered at a start-up accelerator in San Diego, advising start-ups alongside local business mentors in the area. Westley did his undergrad at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, majoring in biochemistry with a neuroscience emphasis. In his free time loves to cook, climb, surf, and hug trees.
Fun fact: He lived out of his car for 55 months during grad school, and quantified his sleeping locations for three of those years because he loves graphs.
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