In 2009, I graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
The function of astrocytes, a type of glial cell in the central nervous system, has evolved over time from structural glue to passive support cells to possibly active participants at synapses. It is now well established that astrocytes are excitable by means of microdomain calcium increases. Our lab has genetic mouse models for selectively stimulating or eliminating these calcium signals, historically a critical hurdle in studying astrocytes. With these models, I examine mechanisms of astrocyte-mediated neurovascular coupling in vivo using cranial window and two-photon laser scanning microscopy techniques.