Joel Zylberberg is an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow from Canada. He is a doctoral student in the Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he performs theoretical studies of image coding in the human brain. In particular, Joel is interested in understanding the strategies that people use to explore visual space, and whether or not those strategies might be useful in understanding some eccentric properties of visual cortex. Joel’s research works to understand the early stages of sensory processing in the brain, and may lead to applications in computer vision or medicine.
Joel is native to Sudbury, Canada, where his early experiences with nature inspired him to study science. While earning his undergraduate degree in Physics from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, Joel published peer-reviewed articles in chemistry, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and physics education.
In addition to research, Joel is an enthusiastic teacher. As an undergraduate, he founded a program to teach computer literacy to those on income assistance in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When not engaged in academic pursuits, Joel enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, cooking, and playing the guitar.
2008 Fulbright S&T Fellow Joel Zylberberg received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s HHMI International Student Research Fellowship.