I received my M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence in 2004, during which I got introduced to the amazing nervous systems of invertebrates. When I embarked for a Ph.D. my fascination for invertebrate nervous systems continued and I found out that a lot of brain computations were taken care of by the dendrites of neurons. I subsequently studied dendritic morphologies and their influence on brain processing. After obtaining my Ph.D in 2008 I continued in academia by taking up post-doctoral positions at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan) and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). Slowly I realized that while neurons are the computational elements of the brain, they participate in larger networks and have to be studied as such. At the Hebrew University in the Yarom and Segev labs, I did a post-doc funded by the CEREBNET (Marie Curie) program and studied how intrinsic rhythms emerge in networks composed of potentially silent neurons in the Inferior Olive. After a brief stint (2012-2013) at the Blue Brain Project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Switzerland), I took a group leader position at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan).