I am originally from Maryland and received my BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. After graduation, I worked as a Post Baccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee at the NIH before starting graduate school at Princeton University in the fall of 2012, under the guidance of Professor Elizabeth Gould. My dissertation explored how astrocytes contribute to medial prefrontal cortex functioning. Using a variety of pharmacological, chemogenetic, and electrophysiological tools, we showed that diminishing astrocyte function impaired performance on a medial prefrontal cortex-dependent task of cognitive flexibility, while enhancement of astrocyte functioning improved cognitive flexibility. We attributed these changes in behavior to astrocytic regulation of neuronal signaling. I graduated from Princeton with a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience in the spring of 2017 and am hoping to expand on these findings as a NACS Postdoc Affiliate while working with Professor Matt Roesch at the University of Maryland, College Park.
I am broadly interested in the role that glia play in brain functioning. Specifically, I hope to explore how astrocytes, a relatively unstudied population of cells, participate in the coordination of complex behaviors such as cognition.