I completed my B.S. in Biochemistry at Dickinson College in 2001 and began working in industry helping to design large-scale yeast screening assays, and later creating mouse models for drug discovery. I attended graduate school at Duke University where I earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology in 2009 under the guidance of Michael Ehlers. My work examined extrinsic signals that guide neuronal morphogenesis during embryonic development. Then, after an all too brief stint as a stay-at-home dad, I began my postdoc at UNC in the spring of 2010.
The overall goal of my research is to create new molecular tools and assays that can help us interrogate biological systems. These methods may provide novel insights into signaling pathways involved in neurodevelopmental disorders. This work has been ongoing with supervision from Mark Zylka and Klaus Hahn in pharmacology.
2010-2011: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities T32 Fellowship
2011-Present: Christina Castellana Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award