I graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2005. Then, I received an MS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in 2007 where I studied stress physiology and behavior in baboons. I worked for a year as a behavioral biologist studying experimental therapeutics for mood disorders at the intramural NIMH under Dr. Husseini Manji. I then received a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Hawaii in 2012 where I studied biomarkers of neurodevelopmental disorders in rodent models and postmortem brain tissue under the supervision of Drs. Robert and Caroline Blanchard.
In Dr. Mark Zylka's lab I study the physiology of autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. I investigate how environmental exposures affect genome-wide transcription, brain development and behavioral phenotypes in tissue culture and animal model systems.
2012-2014: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities T32 Fellowship