Research/Areas of Interest: The principal goal of my research is to understand how neurotransmission contributes to the function of neuronal networks. Neurotransmission is the most basic unit of neuronal communication. Disruption of the basic features of neurotransmission is associated with many neurological diseases. My lab aims to understand how specific properties of synaptic function contribute to network activity, and how changes in neurotransmission are involved in the pathology of disease states such as epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. We are specifically interested in astrocyte glutamate uptake, astrocyte/neuron interactions, GABAergic interneuron development, and metabolic control of neuronal activity. Using advanced neurotransmitter imaging, electrophysiological techniques, and more, my lab aims to answer questions about how neuronal network function is shaped by some of the most basic parameters of neurotransmission. We hope to contribute new understanding and novel therapies to treat epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and other devastating neurological diseases.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, USA, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Arizona, USA, 2000