I graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX in 2012 with a BS in honors in Biology and Chemistry. I did my undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Lynda Uphouse where I investigated the effects of female gonadal hormones on the increased vulnerability of the female population to develop an affective disorder, such as depression and/or anxiety disorders, at some point in their lives. Upon coming to UNC, I joined the lab of Dr. Lisa Tarantino in March of 2013.
My work in the Tarantino lab focuses on the role of epigenetics in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders. We use animal models of environmental manipulations to induce epigenetic changes in inbred strains of mice so that we can investigate the specific mechanisms and genome locations by which the environmental challenge has modified the genotype, and ultimately the resulting phenotype of that animal. Specifically, we are interested in how nutritional deficiencies in utero can result in neuropsychiatric disorders in the offspring in adulthood.
-Pierre Morell Research Day Committee, 2013-Present
-Neurobiology Training Grant, 2013-2014