Nicholas Chua joined the Flatiron Institute as a Research Analyst in 2017. He is currently working on a project to reconstruct the connectome of a miniature parasitic wasp. The adult Megaphragma is about the size of an amoeba, yet it contains the neural architecture sufficient to perform complicated tasks, such as the identification of its host organism. Chua is interested in what a system such as the brain of Megaphragma — can tell us about how visual information is represented and processed in insects. Prior to joining the foundation, Chua was clinical research coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, studying how slow-wave activity during sleep encodes spatial memory. While completing his undergraduate degree at New York University, he studied synchronous neural activity in the human primary visual cortex.