PHD. POST DOCTORAL FELLOW
My current work focuses on combining a novel virtual reality behavioral paradigm with two-photon imaging to observe neural networks in real time allowing for unprecedented spatio-temporal resolution while observing the structural changes that accompany drug-induced contextual memory formation.
My interest in the neurobiology of addiction began while working in Judy Grisel’s laboratory at Furman University trying to understand how endogenous levels of beta-endorphin affect alcohol consumption and continued at Florida Atlantic University in Robert Stackman’s laboratory determining the role of the head-direction cells in the anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN) in directional navigation. My doctorate work was focused on using whole-cell patch clamp methods to understand how HCN channels modulate neuronal excitability and cortical network activity in John Hablitz’s laboratory at University of Alabama, Birmingham.