I originally became interested in neuroscience as a means to improve people’s lives. Ideally, all phenomena I study could have some degree of translational potential. As a result, neuropsychiatric disease processes, modeling, and treatment are of great interest to me. I am currently collaborating with Alcino Silva at UCLA to determine how to best optimize preclinical drug development in neuropsychiatry using mouse models of neuropsychiatric disease.
I currently work in Cory Root’s lab at UCSD. I study how certain information may be innately encoded into the structure of the brain, and how it could cause disease when defective. In other words: can we inherit things that our ancestors learned? If so, what happens when things go wrong? We study this question using a combination of behavior, molecular biology, genomics, computational modeling, and tears (mostly the latter).
I am a staunch supporter of open science, and try to incorporate it into my research whenever possible. All of the software and protocols I have written are available for free online at GitHub and protocols.io respectively. I have made all of my publications (and their supplements) freely available both here (see the link below) and on ResearchGate. My stable author identifiers and their associated metrics can be found at ORCID and Google Scholar.