I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a BA in Neuroscience, where I wrote a thesis with Dr. Jim Mandell on a GPCR implicated in apoptotic recognition. I spent two additional years at UVA enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge and working toward the structure of an activated GPCR heterotrimer with Dr. Mark Yeager. I have a passion for science outreach and am involved in multiple outreach initiatives at UNC.
My work with Dr. Ken McCarthy seeks to understand astrocyte GPCR signaling in vivo using cranial windows and two-photon imaging in awake mice. Specifically, I am using the mouse barrel cortex as a model system to better understand astrocyte-neuron interactions and potential astrocytic modulation of neuronal activity in vivo.
NC Neurobiology Training Grant Trainee, NSF Graduate Research Fellow