I primarily work with opioid self-administration in rats under pain conditions and aim to understand its effects on motivation or memory in opioid consumption by focusing on the nucleus accumbens and dorsal hippocampus, respectively. In addition, as pain can lead to negative affect, I aim to understand their neuronal mechanisms through anxiety and depressive behavioral tests.
As an undergraduate student, I joined the Moron-Concepcion lab during my sophomore year. I graduated in 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Biology and a second major in healthcare management and joined the lab as a technician while applying to MD/PhD programs.
Outside of lab, I enjoy going on runs, finding new cafes and restaurants, and watching the Great British Bake Off.