No Grateful Dead quote here, although one might be in order. I send out a heartfelt thank you to all of those whom I have crossed paths with, for better or for worse. I would like to specifically thank my advisor, Bob Lee, for all the technical, philosophical, and moral guidance he aimed in my direction. Thank you, Bob, for taking a chance on this wayward biologist. I am forever indebted to all of my family and peers, be they of science, engineering, or otherwise. Randy Weinstein, for showing me what a BS from a liberal arts institution really means; Sarah Jones, for being the embodiment of diligence and commitment…a daily reminder of the core virtues of science; Chris Church, William Boatin and Edgar Brown, the three pillars of rigorous methodology; all past and present members of the Lee Group and the Neuro Lab with whom I have volleyed ideas with; Patrick DiCiccio, Brandon Denny, Thomas Namey and Ethan Winger, for years of witty repartee; my sister, Rachael, for the perspective; all four of my brothers, Jason, Travis, Daniel and Matthew, for their bull-headed confidence in me…Matt, you are the binder and my closest friend; my grandfather, Samuel, for the continual intellectual engagements, and my late grandmother, Evelyn, for her loving and caring that knew n
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