Evan earned undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and economics from Duke University before undertaking a short-lived career in the financial industry in the mid-noughties (2005-2007). Just before the collapse of the American housing market, Evan escaped to continue his studies at the University of Oxford in the UK. He claims no responsibility for the worldwide economic crisis that ensued. He went on to complete a Master of Science in biomedical engineering at Oxford, followed by an M2 in interdisciplinary studies (AIV Master 2) at Paris Descartes. Evan returned to Gero Miesenböck’s lab in Oxford for his PhD, during which he studied the molecular machinery that supports the homeostatic scaling of quantal release in the Drosophila antennal lobe, the fly analog of the mammalian olfactory bulb. In his post-doctoral studies in the Bathellier lab, Evan is investigating the computations underlying sensory processing and perception in the vibrissal region of the primary somatosensory cortex in mice. He is trying to understand how information from the whiskers is represented in barrel cortex, and how extra-sensory information like odors can influence this representation.