How did you become interested in neuroscience?
I first became interested in Neuroscience while taking a brain and behavior course at the University at Albany. I loved how it combined the complicated neural mechanisms of the brain with psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. It fascinated me how much we know about how our brains work, and how much there is still yet to be known.
What was the academic/professional path you had to take to get here?
In undergraduate I started volunteering in a neuroscience research lab, studying how progesterone affects the developing brain. It led to my interest in how hormones work in many different ways to change our nervous systems. This fascination led me to apply to the neuroscience PhD program at Michigan State University. The university has some of the biggest names in brain and behavior research, and was a perfect fit for my research interests. I am currently looking into how both serotonin and oxytocin interact to influence maternal care giving behavior and anxiety.
What are your current research interests?
My overall interests lie in how hormones influence and affect the nervous system. Currently my interests are how the oxytocin and serotonin system work to influence the onset and maintenance of maternal care giving behavior and maternal anxiety levels.