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 odors may be innately encoded into the structure of the brain, and how they could cause phobias when defective.