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Nicolas is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University. He originally studied mathematics at Queen’s University before taking a year off to teach high school. He went on to complete a masters from the University of Edinburgh, after which he developed mathematics models for a sports gambling company in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. After a year in industry, he returned to his hometown of Montreal at McGill University, where he worked with Erik Cook on trying to characterize how neural activity in visual cortex underlies motion perception and received his Ph.D. He returned to the UK for postdoctoral work at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge where he worked with Gregory Jefferis in researching the olfactory system in Drosophila. Nicolas joined BrainGate in June 2010 to help develop algorithms to extract and transform neural activity into control of prosthetic devices.