Teaching Assistant Professor
What I do
Teaching Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department
autism embryonic nervous system neurodevelopmental disorders neuroscience
My postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute in the laboratory of Dr. David Amaral focused on autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, my work helped characterize children with and without autism using neuroimmunological and neuroanatomical approaches. Recognizing the heterogeneity that exists among individual with autism, this work aimed to identify subtypes of autism spectrum disorder as part of the Autism Phenome Project.
My doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Kristin Artinger
focused on the embryonic development of the nervous system. Using transplantation and explantation analysis, I identified tissue interactions and molecular environments important for the development of Rohon-Beard (RB) sensory neurons. Through lineage tracing experiments I studied the early origins of these neurons and how they relate to another population of embryonic cells, neural crest cells, which give rise to much of the peripheral nervous system.
Prior to my graduate work, I taught young children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders using applied behavior analysis in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
- Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2008
- BA, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 2000