Learning and Memory Spatial Navigation Episodic Memory Memory Reconsolidation Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Sharp-wave ripple complexes Adult Neurogenesis Electrophysiology Neurodegenerative Disorders.
I am a graduate student in the Cognition and Neural Systems program working with Dr. Rebecca Gomez and Dr. Lynn Nadel to investigate the roles of spatial context and sleep in memory reconsolidation in humans. I completed my Master’s work in the Computational and Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Jean-Marc Fellous, where I researched similar topics in memory reconsolidation using a rodent paradigm and in vivo electrophysiological recordings. Before coming to the UofA, I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in Psychology. While in Las Vegas, I worked in the Neurobiology of Disease and Behavior Laboratory of Dr. Jefferson Kinney, investigating animal models relevant to schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease, and also gained experience working as a neuropsychological technician in a clinical setting. My current research interests are mechanisms of systems consolidation and memory maintenance in both rats and humans, especially mechanisms occurring during slow-wave sleep that may benefit future relevant learning.