In 2002, I graduated with a BS in biology and psychology from Truman State University. After spending one year as a research technician at Monsanto Co. in Saint Louis, MO, I began graduate school at Vanderbilt University. There, I joined Pat Levitt’s laboratory where I studied the neurodevelopmental expression and function of the autism risk gene, Met, earning my PhD in 2010. I joined Ben Philpot’s laboratory at UNC later that year, and since then I have continued to study neurodevelopment in pathological contexts while gaining expertise in electrophysiological techniques.
Currently, I am using novel conditional knockout and knockin mice to investigate the cell type-specific requirements for maternal Ube3a expression in the forebrain. My overarching goal is to better understand the etiology of Angelman syndrome.