Position title: Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Phone: (608) 263-4554
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Postdoctoral in Developmental Neuro, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA
The long–term objective of our research is to better understand the intracellular signaling cascades and downstream molecular mechanisms responsible for axon outgrowth, pathfinding and neural circuit formation of the developing and regenerating nervous system. Mutations in genes involved in the detection and transduction of axon guidance information into directed neurite outgrowth, as well as synapse formation, are responsible for many deficits in cognitive function, including autisms, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.
All students that train with me gain a deep understanding of fundamental principals in neuroscience, development, cell biology, biochemistry, cell physiology, molecular biology, genetics, stem cell biology and advanced forms of microscopy.
Research Key Words:
Neural Networks, Axon Guidance, Cognitive Function
I pledge to treat everyone, including the most vulnerable, with the dignity and respect they deserve. I will always confront bias, misogyny, prejudice, and/or racist comments or actions I witness and seek to educate those with these inherent biases. As a group we always strive to foster an inclusive, safe and supportive research environment. To serve the underrepresented community, I have been engaged throughout my career in leadership work aimed to recruit and retain underrepresented scientists and have trained several minority students in my own laboratory.