- Ph.D., 2004, Molecular Biology, University of Southern California
- Postdoctoral Training - National Institutes of Health
- Research Scientist - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I have a strong interest in understanding the biological underpinnings of learning and memory and the mechanisms associated with neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. During my Ph.D., I employed yeast genetics to understand how mutations associated with many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease, are generated. As I grew more interested in the neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory, I spent my postdoctoral research studying the structure and function of synapses in mouse cortical neurons using in vitro and in vivo imaging techniques. My lab at KU will apply cellular, molecular and multi-photon imaging technologies to elucidate synaptic mechanisms relevant to memory storage and their dysfunction in mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases.