B.A. in Psychology - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Learning and Memory Spatial Navigation Episodic Memory Memory Reconsolidation Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Sharp-wave ripple complexes Adult Neurogenesis Electrophysiology
I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Neural Systems program working in the Computational and Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Jean-Marc Fellous. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in Psychology. In Las Vegas, I also worked in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory that investigated animal models relevant to schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, and gained experience working as a neuropsychological technician in a clinical setting. My current research interests are centered around mechanisms of systems consolidation and memory maintenance, especially those occurring during slow-wave sleep. Hippocampal "replay" of neuronal ensembles during non-REM sleep has been shown to closely reflect activity that occurred during recently experienced spatial tasks in rodents, and my aim is to study how this hippocampal activity during sleep interacts with oscillatory activity in other brain regions, including the thalamus and medial prefrontal cortex. To study this circuit, I utilize in vivo electrophysiology techniques to simultaneously record local field potentials, multi-unit and single unit activity from neurons in these separate brain regions.