I am currently a T32 postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ryan Logan’s laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine where I study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying mood disorders and addiction. My postdoctoral work utilizes single cell transcriptomic and multiomic approaches in human postmortem brain tissue to identify molecular and cellular pathways associated with opioid use disorder. I earned my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2021 from Dr. Michael McDannald’s lab at Boston College. At Boston College, I used a variety of techniques including in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to examine the role of the nucleus accumbens core and its involvement in adaptive scaling of fear to various threat probabilities. I earned my B.S. in Psychological Sciences in 2016 from Kansas State University where I worked in Dr. Charles Pickens’ lab. At Kansas State University, I studied the effects of voluntary ethanol consumption and orbitofrontal cortex lesions on flexible decision making.
Check out my cover article in the Journal of Neuroscience!