Position title: Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Phone: (608) 263-0173
Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Health Sci Crt., Denver, CO, USA
Postdoctoral in Molecular Neuroscience, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA
Postdoctoral in Molecular Neuroscience, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
My laboratory is focused on the study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and memory in aging and neurodegenerative disorders. We use a multidisciplinary approach to characterize molecular, cellular, and behavioral phenotypes in rodent models of disease. One approach the lab uses involves the manipulation of gene expression in a region–specific manner using viral gene delivery. I have received both federal and private funding to study mechanisms of cognitive aging and to carry out preclinical studies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease using gene therapy.
Research Key Words:
Learning and Memory, Aging, Neurodegeneration, Gene Regulation, Gene Therapy
I serve in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees for the CMP and NTP programs to promote admission and retention of students of diverse backgrounds to UW. I have a solid record of mentoring a diverse group of students from different backgrounds, and a commitment to their professional development. Since 2009 I have mentored 16 undergraduate students for the UW summer research program that targets underrepresented minority, low–income, and first–generation college students from other colleges and universities around the country.