ABOUT ME 

I am a research fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, working with Dr. David Lovinger in the Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience. I was recently awarded the NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award (K99/R00). This grant provides funding for the final 1-2 year(s) of training as a fellow and the first 3 years as an independent research investigator. My funded research is centered on understanding the cellular and subcellular signaling pathways, such as cyclic AMP and PKA during the induction corticostriatal plasticity and during striatal-based behaviors using genetically encoded sensors and advanced optical techniques. Currently, I am searching for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions.

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

2014 - 2019

National Institute of Health

Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)- Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience

Advisor: Dr. David M. Lovinger

2007 - 2013

University of Chicago

Doctor of Philosophy, Neurobiology

Advisors: Drs. Xiaoxi Zhuang and Daniel McGehee

2002 - 2006

University of the Virgin Islands 

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Advisors: Drs. Richard Hall and Robert Godfrey

I am interested in the molecular mechanism(s) of synaptic transmission, and how they are influenced by GPCR modulation to control behavioral functions involved in motor actions. Specifically, I want to understand how intracellular signaling pathways (such as cAMP and PKA) contribute to these functions, and how these signaling cascades are disrupted in disease states in real-time during behavior. To do this, I will employ a multidisciplinary approach combining:

  • Slice Photometry 

  • 2-photon Fluorescence-lifetime imaging microscopy 

  • Real-time in vivo fiber photometry

  • Ex-vivo photometry

  • Genetically encoded fluorescent sensors

  • Genetic and viral techniques in transgenic mice

  • Pharmacology

  • Physiology

  • Behavior