Isabel is a PhD candidate in the Stanford Neurosciences Program. She works in the Giocomo Lab studying how our internal state—like whether we are alert or tired—affects the way our brains work. To answer this question, Isabel uses a combination of experimental neuroscience techniques, like recording the activity of hundreds of neurons, and computational methods, like non-negative matrix factorization and lineaer-nonlinear Poission models. In addition to her graduate work, Isabel is Co-President of NeuWrite West (neuwritewest.org), where she works to make neuroscience accessible to anyone curious about the brain. In her future scientific career, Isabel hopes to use a blend of experimental and computational techniques to investigate how the brain works and to continue teaching others about neuroscience.