I am a graduate student in the UW Neuroscience Graduate Program. Broadly, I'm interested in the interactions of sleep and circadian rhythm with memory, mood, and neurological and psychiatric diseases. Currently, I'm studying sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances in a genetic model of Dravet syndrome, a form of childhood epilepsy accompanied by severe developmental delays and cognitive deficits. By selectively targeting the mutation that causes Dravet syndrome to neuronal populations involved in regulating sleep, I aim to characterize the mechanisms underlying these disturbances in Dravet patients. As a Graduate Fellow at the UW Institute for Neuroengineering, I am also developing a novel closed-loop system for selective long-term manipulations of sleep stages and seizures in the Dravet syndrome model to better understand the interactions between the circadian system and epilepsy.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science. Outside the lab, I like playing music, writing and getting outdoors.