work aims to understand the synaptic circuitry involved in
experience-dependent plasticity. Specifically, how cortical inhibitory
neurons as well as thalamic inputs modulate cortical circuits in the
context of learning and memory.
Past Research Experience:
2008 – 2009: Junior Specialist, University of California at Davis
Principal Investigators: Isaac Pessah, Ph.D. and Paul Hagerman, M.D., Ph.D.
dysfunction in the hippocampus, in the context of the neurodegenerative
disorder Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).
2006 – 2008: Undergraduate Internship, University of California at Davis
Principal Investigator: A. Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
cytokines and other immune molecules on synapse formation in the
cerebral cortex as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
2007: Laboratory Assistant, University of California at Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Brecha, Ph.D.
Neurotransmitter vesicle release proteins and machinery in the retina.
2004-2008: The University of California at Davis
Bachelor of Science with highest honors
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior