I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. I received my PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of William Yang at the University of California, Los Angeles where I performed the first high throughput genetic profiling of the two striatal projection neurons. I then performed my Postdoctoral work in Eric Nestler's lab at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where I studied the differential genetic and functional role of the two striatal projection neurons in drug abuse.
The lab's research focuses on the genetics, function, and behavioral roles of the two striatal medium spiny neuron subtypes and their circuits in the basal ganglia in neuropsychiatric diseases. We use tools to manipulate genetics and neuronal activity selectively in striatal projection neurons subtypes to better understand their role in addiction and depression. Combined with these approaches we can selectively profile genetic changes in these two neurons and their downstream brain nuclei in the basal ganglia circuit to better understand the molecular contribution of basal ganglia circuitry and cell subtypes within this circuit in these neuropsychiatric disorders.
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